Sally Yates Reveals She Warned President Trump about Michael Flynn
08:29, May 11, 2017
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I think a goal of Republicans' questioning Yates about the order was to defend the White House from the conclusion that it recklessly ignored Yates' guidance about Flynn.
Intelligence officials tell CNN that Clapper, as a matter of policy, would not be involved in an investigation of possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation because U.S. intelligence agencies are barred by law from probes involving United States persons. "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council", he tweeted Monday, before correcting the spelling of "counsel".
Yates was sacked January 30 for refusing to back the travel ban that she said was unlawful. "We did what we were supposed to do". The president made, ultimately, the right decision and I think he was proven that - that - that.
Meanwhile, Justice Department officials have scrutinized the business dealings of Paul Manafort, who resigned in August as Trump's campaign chairman.
But here, too, Yates' correctness is borne by the president's actions. He described the warning from Yates as a "heads-up" and repeatedly said that the information she provided had been quickly relayed to the president.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 8, 2017.
Spicer's attacks came a day after Yates told the Senate subcommittee that she warned the White House that Flynn, also fired by the Obama administration, had misrepresented his contacts with Russian officials and was potentially susceptible to blackmail by Moscow. Trump has denied that his aides were involved in the hacking of Democratic groups, but the investigations could cast a shadow over his White House for years.
The president used Twitter to blame the Obama administration for providing "the highest security clearance" for Flynn when he served as chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from which Obama fired him for his disruptive management style.
Between that and the fact that she warned the administration about former national security adviser Mike Flynn being potentially compromised by the Russians, Fitton seems to argue there's a shadowy conspiracy at play that Yates' emails might reveal.
QUESTION:.it's worrisome that he was still doing that when he was a potential target of Russian blackmail?
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to Russian Federation. "When a foreign power interferes in our election, it doesn't matter who they targeted", he said. Flynn received $45,000 from the Russia-owned news outlet, RT, to appear at a gala in December 2015.