Three big questions remain about Michael Flynn after Sally Yates' testimony
- Author: Leroy Wright May 12, 2017,
May 12, 2017, 6:38
Testimony from former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed many publicly known aspects of Flynn's short tenure in the Trump administration and the Russian Federation investigation broadly, but did not reveal classified information or elements that are still under investigation.
Yates said she warned the White House, under President Donald Trump, that Michael Flynn was "compromised" and "essentially could be blackmailed by Russians".
The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the hearing that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election. But I will also say another motivating factor is that we felt the Vice President was entitled to know that the information he had been given and that he was relaying to the American public wasn't true.
Trump tweeted about how the subcommittee should ask Yates who he fired, about "classified information" published by news outlets "soon after she explained it to WH council".
The second warning came in January, from the acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Both Yates and Clapper said no.
Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite the US intelligence community's conclusion that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged that President Obama did make clear in November that he was "not a fan" of Michael Flynn. What was of most interest to the senators was information regarding Trump's former national security advisor Gen.
"And that created a compromise situation where the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians".
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did ask Yates and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, "How did the conversation between the Russian ambassador and Mr. Flynn make it to the Washington Post?". And additionally, we weren't the only ones that knew all of this.
In March, Kelner requested immunity for Flynn to testify in Congress, saying the media was filled with "unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him".
Trump, who continued to praise Flynn, waited 18 days after Yates' warning before Flynn's forced resignation for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Kislyak and then misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
First, she said, "the underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself".
Before assuming office, Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador in Washington the possibility of relaxing US sanctions, according to leaked media reports of intelligence intercepts, but there is no official version of what transpired in those conversations.