Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Note: The warnings from Yates


The revelations did not in themselves represent a development that could break open the mystery of Moscow's meddling with last year's election and increasingly vocal Democratic claims of collusion between Russian Federation and members of the President's inner circle. Other well-known people also commended Yates, with popular liberal commentators like Sam Stein, Brian Fallon and author Molly Knight relishing Yates' testimony.

During that section of the hearing, Clapper described as accurate a report in the Guardian newspaper that British intelligence officials became aware in late 2015 about suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and Russian agents, and that the information was passed on to USA intelligence agencies.

At Monday's hearing, Clapper pulled this rug out from under the White House and its comrades. Indeed they did, and it should trouble all Americans that they continue to play partisan games in defense of a White House trying its best to distract and disrupt the investigation. And their repeated calls for a special counsel they have no power to task often serves to stress the futility of their minority status on Capitol Hill.

Indeed, days after Clapper's interview, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell said he believes there's "no fire" underpinning the smoke surrounding Trump's relationship with Russian Federation.

"Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today - she said nothing but old news!"

Another tweet about Russian Federation from Donald Trump had people scratching their heads. In fact, Clapper noted that he had been unaware of the FBI investigation into the Russian Federation ties with the Trump campaign - driving home the point that he wasn't privy to every piece of information.

May: Comey confirms the FBI is conducting an investigation into the Clinton emails. And there are new signs that congressional investigations into the affair may linger deep into Trump's term. He has dismissed FBI and congressional investigations into his campaign's possible ties to the election meddling as a "hoax" driven by Democrats bitter over losing the White House.

That's the bottom line.

"I would. I am familiar with that, and I'm also familiar with an additional provision of the INA that says, 'No person shall receive preference or be discriminated against in issuance of a visa because of race, nationality, or place of birth". It "shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, given that General Flynn had worked for President Obama, was an outspoken critic of President Obama's shortcomings", Spicer said. "And in this particular instance, particularly where we were talking about a fundamental issue of religious freedom.it was appropriate for us to look at the intent behind its actions, and the intent is laid out in his statements", Yates said. That's the larger question that must ultimately be answered.

"We wanted to tell the White House as quickly as possible", she said.

Former AG Yates tells Senate she warned of Flynn vulnerability
Apparently, Trump asked one of his staff members to edit the text of this tweet onto his twitter header photo. Clapper stood by his earlier statement that he is not aware of evidence indicating any such collusion.

But despite that message, Trump hired Flynn to the high profile job of national security adviser - the president's top foreign and security policy aide - before firing him weeks later.

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.

Flynn was forced to resign as Trump's national security advisor in February after failing to disclose the nature of phone discussions with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak. Billingslea knew Flynn would be speaking to Kislyak, according to two former Obama administration officials, and seemed concerned Flynn did not fully understand he was dealing with a man rumored to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

"We believed that Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians".

Yates filled in new details of the events of January 26, describing contacting McGahn in the morning and telling him she had something sensitive to discuss in person. But he essentially told the Senate subcommittee that he was not in a position to know for certain.

"Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm that there is no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion", Spicer said.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) asked about the use of shell companies through which Russians can reach into the United States to influence our political system and economy.

"No", Yates replied. "If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning".

"And it's punishable by five years in prison?" was the next leading question.

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