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Trump Slams Yates Hearing

Trump Slams Yates Hearing

Though Yates would not discuss classified details of the Flynn matter, other people familiar with the matter said the issues she raised to McGahn were conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which the two discussed easing US sanctions against Russia. "To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians".

Reich went on to suggest that Flynn lied publicly (and to Vice President Mike Pence) about the call, but that US intelligence knew of its' existence, and reported it to Yates.

"We knew that was not a good situation, which is why we wanted to let the White House know about it". Word that Obama directly warned Trump suggests that concern over Flynn's possible appointment spread to the highest level of government months before the official's departure.

On the day of Yates's testimony, however, Trump seemed more concerned with how that story ever reached the papers.

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday contradicted a key White House talking point about the circumstances surrounding retired Gen. Michael Flynn's firing from his role as White House national security adviser.

Ms Yates said she was giving President Donald Trump's White House this information so that it could take actions it "deemed appropriate".

"The efforts by a foreign adversary to interfere and undermine our democratic processes and those of our allies pose a serious threat to all Americans", Yates said at the hearing, noting that she could not divulge complete information because some of it is classified.

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Former director of national intelligence James Clapper said Monday that he was not aware of an FBI investigation involving potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump team before March, but reaffirmed nonetheless that he had not seen evidence of such coordination. Yates is testifying today before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"In this instance, all arguments have to be based on truth, because we're the Department of Justice", she said. Because the identity of USA citizens' conversations are kept secret from all but a handful of top intelligence officials, including someone in Yates's position, who unmasked Flynn's identity to the media? Flynn was removed from his post roughly two and a half weeks later.

Flynn was not told to resign until 18 days after Yates met with the White House, but it happened very quickly after WaPo began reporting on Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Obama fired Flynn when he was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

At the hearing, Yates didn't get into specifics about what the intelligence showed about Flynn, but she described her two meetings with White House counsel Don McGahn on the topic - on January 26 and 27 - in general terms. He was not aware of the counterintelligence investigation that FBI Director James Comey acknowledged during his March 20 testimony before the House intelligence committee. "The Russians also knew", Yates said.

Yates, who served 10 days under Trump as an Obama administration holdover, would not detail Flynn's conduct because she said it involved classified information.

The subcommittee meeting today is one of multiple congressional probes into the Russian Federation interference, along with House and Senate intelligence panels. Well, some Republican senators are fixated on who leaked details about the Flynn matter to the press, and the practice of "unmasking" USA citizens caught up in foreign surveillance-that is, how we learned about Flynn's dealings with Russian Federation.

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