Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Yates sheds disturbing light on Trump and Flynn


On Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told Congress that, just days into the Trump presidency, she warned the White House that Flynn had lied to hide private meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

And the White House also has blamed President Obama, whom they say originally vetted Flynn, and never mind that Obama also fired Flynn, and then explicitly and personally warned Trump about Flynn. He apparently learned about the FBI investigation of Russia's election meddling, including an examination of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, when FBI Director James Comey announced it in March during a House intelligence hearing. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision, which led the White House to issue a second order.

She told the committee that she sought to meet with White House officials as "a matter of some urgency" after seeing the intelligence intercepts.

The former acting attorney general said that she walked McGahn through Flynn's conduct in two meetings, on January 26 and again on January 27.

Julie, you did some reporting going into the weekend about the Trump transition team coming to the Obama team during that - during the transition last November with questions, and what was the significance of all that?

Yates' warning about Flynn capped weeks of concern among top Obama officials, former officials told the AP.

Also Tuesday, Spicer said Trump was cooperating with a request by Sen. She was sacked by Trump after refusing to defend Trump's travel ban. In several responses, Spicer painted Yates, also fired by Trump, as an enemy of the president who was made deputy attorney general by Barack Obama.

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Spicer was reacting to a reporter's question at the White House daily press briefing about Yates' testimony on Monday before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. In other words, the Justice Department knew that Flynn had lied to the vice president, - and so, most likely, did the Russians.

Mr Flynn's name came up during a broader discussion about personnel issues, the former administration officials said.

The hearing marked the most intense public scrutiny Yates has ever faced, but she did not appear rattled. "Why doesn't the media report on this?" the President said in a tweet. But Clapper also told the Senate that he does not know the details of the of FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation during the presidential election.

"If President Obama was truly concerned about Gen. Flynn, why didn't he suspend Gen. Flynn's security clearance, which they had just reapproved months earlier", Spicer said. (Republicans on the panel dutifully asked her, and former national intelligence director James Clapper, whether they had anything to do with such leaks; they said they did not.). And certainly never mind the evidence that Yates presented to the White House.

The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI's broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

Stone said Thursday that he will "fully comply" with the Senate intelligence committee's request for information and documents relating to its Russian Federation investigation. Trump immediately fired her.

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