Broadcaster Keith Olbermann praised former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday as an “American hero,” whose fearless testimony before a Senate committee “used to be the minimum standard for public servants.” But “now, in the era of Trump, she stands out like a champion,” he added.
Addressing President Donald Trump on his GQ podcast “The Resistance,” an angry Olbermann turned up the heat: “You are the goddamn president of the goddamn United States, and your acting attorney general tells your White House counsel that your national security adviser was ‘compromised’ with respect to the Russians ... and you don’t want him to be in a position where the Russians have leverage over him. And you fire the acting attorney general ― not the national security adviser?
“Which are you ― an idiot or a traitor?” Olbermann asked.
The heart of Yates’ testimony to a Senate committee Monday “was the timeline — a cynical, disloyal, amoral timeline,” said Olbermann, pointing to a sequence of events that resulted in Yates’ firing long before former national security adviser Michael Flynn was booted in the wake of a Washington Post story about Yates’ warnings.
Trump tweeted before Yates testified Monday that he wanted her grilled “under oath” on who leaked the story to the Post. Olbermann repeated a concern raised by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) that Trump may have attempted to intimidate a witness before an official federal body, which is a crime.
Olbermann concluded: “No matter who is the puppet and who is the puppeteer, our country is not safe in the hands of these idiots. Trump and all of them must go, and they must go now. Resist. Peace.”