The following exchange took place between Sally Yates and Senator Lindsey Graham:
GRAHAM: “Ms. Yates, do you have any evidence — are you aware of any evidence that would suggest that in the 2016 campaign anybody in the Trump campaign colluded — colluded with the Russian government intelligence services in improper fashion?”
YATES: “And Senator, my answer to that question would require me to reveal classified information. And so, I — I can’t answer that.”
Simple logic tells us that, if Yates did not have evidence of collusion, her answer to that question would have been “no”. So the unavoidable conclusion must be that Yates, formerly acting United States Attorney General, has classified evidence of collusion.
So, what I want to know is, what is that evidence, why is it classified, and why is that classification more important than letting the public know that their government may be compromised by treason at the highest levels? And, further, how is it that, in the light of that testimony, Republicans continue to focus on anything other than possible collusion, and what assurance do we have that our government will follow the evidence to its reasonable conclusions? How can we assure that government policies are not tainted by foreign influence? How can we assure that any who are culpable are brought to justice?
Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of classified information: “Classified information can be designated Top Secret, Secret or Confidential. These classifications are only used on matters of national interest. Top Secret: This applies when compromise might reasonably cause exceptionally grave injury to the national interest.”
So, to follow this thought, evidence of Trump campaign collusion exists, but it can not be revealed to the public because it “might reasonably cause exceptionally grave injury to the national interest.” My question is, what possible injury could be caused to the national interest by letting the public know that their government has been compromised by a foreign power, and what assurance do we have that the evidence will not be kept classified to protect guilty parties? Inquiring minds want to know.