What time does Sally Yates testify?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 3:57
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, 56, is testifying in front of a Senate subcommittee on May 8 about what (and when) she told the White House about fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.
At the hearing, Yates was expected to be questioned about how blunt a warning she gave the incoming administration that Flynn provided a misleading account of a telephone conversation with Russia's ambassador to the USA during Trump's transition to the White House.
Trump last week repeated his dismissal of USA intelligence chiefs' conclusion that Moscow had sought to boost his campaign over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's in an effort overseen by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to a senior White House official, Obama made Trump aware that he was "not a fan of Flynn".
Flynn previously worked as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, but the Obama Administration fired him back in 2014 mainly due to his temper and mismanagement issues.
Flynn resigned in February after published reports detailed Yates's conversation with McGahn. His lawyer said that Flynn properly briefed DIA officials about his 2015 trip to Russia to speak at an event for RT, a Russian state-sponsored media entity.
The probe being led by Graham and Whitehouse is one of three main congressional investigations of Russian Federation and the 2016 United States election.
Earlier Monday, Trump sought to shape the Senate's questioning of Yates, suggesting on Twitter that she had knowledge about leaks of classified information to newspapers, and urging senators to press her on the matter. President Obama himself that month told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which by then had been investigating Trump associates' possible ties to Russian Federation for about six months, seemed particularly focused on Flynn.
Flynn was in frequent contact with Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russian Federation for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition, a USA official has said.
Yet despite those warnings, Trump named the former military intelligence chief his White House national security adviser, only to end up firing him after a month because Flynn had not been forthcoming about those calls.
Former President Obama warned Donald Trump last fall against hiring Michael Flynn, three officials familiar with the conversation confirmed to CBS News' Major Garrett.
Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general who was sacked as acting attorney general after refusing to defend an executive order by Trump in January, is set to testify about Flynn on Monday.
PS: Obama reportedly warned Trump about Flynn months before Trump was even sworn in to office. She expressed "serious concerns" to McGahn, making it clear - without making a recommendation - that Flynn could be fired.
General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration - but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.
The officials requested anonymity in order to disclose the private conversation.
Yates inadvertently became a hero to progressives for refusing to defend President Trump's travel ban in court, and later emerged as a key figure in the ongoing controversy surrounding Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Yates, Clapper and Brennan are now due to appear at a public hearing of the House committee that has not been scheduled.
The subcommittee meeting Monday is one of three congressional probes into the Russian Federation interference, along with House and Senate intelligence panels.