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Here's What We Learned From Former Acting AG Sally Yates' Senate Hearing

Here's What We Learned From Former Acting AG Sally Yates' Senate Hearing

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates told a Senate panel Monday she warned the White House that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by Russian Federation more than two weeks before he was sacked.

Trump signed the ban on January 27, the same day Yates met for a second time with White House counsel Donald McGahn about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He pushed back on Yates' comments addressing the firing of Michael Flynn as Trump's national security adviser.

Also scheduled to testify is former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who attracted attention for a March television interview in which he said that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation at the time he left government in January.

"Just because someone comes in and gives you a heads up on something doesn't mean you immediately jump the gun and go take action".

Yates testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that focused primarily on Flynn, and did not shed much light on other aspects of investigations of allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election and whether there was collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

The White House on Tuesday stood by its decision not to tell former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates about its first controversial order barring USA entry to immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, describing her as a "political opponent of the president".

No doubt White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Trump himself would much rather be talking about the House vote to repeal Obamacare last week or the President's debut foreign trip in a couple of weeks.

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"Trump was very loyal to Flynn, and (it) took a while for everyone to convince the President that Flynn had been compromised", Graham said. Recall that Gen. Flynn had formerly worked for Obama as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a position from which he was sacked in 2014 over his disagreements with Obama on foreign policy. Much of the focus in recent months has been on Mike Flynn lying about his communications with Russian Federation, but Yates took this a step further: Flynn's false claims were problematic, but so is the conduct he was lying about. "Why doesn't the media report on this?" the President said in a tweet.

Trump shouldered into the conversation early in the morning, tweeting that it was the Obama administration, not he, that had given the former lieutenant general "the highest security clearance" when he worked at the Pentagon.

After a subcommittee hearing Tuesday on Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election, Sen.

Then there is the apparent contradiction between how Yates described her efforts to raise the alarm about Flynn and the White House's description of the encounters.

At Monday's hearing, Yates provided two important pieces of information that highlight just how reckless Trump was in dealing with his disgraced national security adviser. Mr. Flynn resigned as NSA on February 13. "We need an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation".

It's obvious that Trump was in no hurry to remove Michael Flynn and was forced to act only because his national security adviser's lies were revealed in a national newspaper.

Obama's swift return to the spotlight has been cheered by some Democrats, who are still sifting through the wreckage of the party's crushing defeats in the November election.

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