White House warned Michael Flynn was 'compromised'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 13:36
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (L) and former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates shake hands after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017.
Yates had been called to testify after reports she'd warned White House officials that former national security adviser Michael Flynn has compromised through communications with Russians.
".So this hearing indicated that the Trump White House protected a national security adviser who lied and who could be compromised by Moscow, that Trump can no longer cite Clapper to claim there was no collusion, and that United States intelligence had sensitive information on interactions between Trump associates and possible Russian agents as early as late 2015". On Monday, Trump spent much of the day tweeting about Yates, accusing her, among other things, of leaking classified information, though without presenting any evidence about such a claim.
Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates was sacked by President Trump in January after she refused to enforce his travel ban. "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end".
That testimony was the aspect of Monday's hearings that Trump and his White House focused on most.
Yates briefly led the U.S. Justice Department until Trump fired her on January 30 for declining to defend his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
Flynn had multiple contacts with Kislyak during the transition, including an in-person meeting at New York's Trump Tower that was also attended by the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
He also said that Yates' assertions about Flynn weren't clear the first time she came to the White House.
Flynn, a retired general once seen as a potential Trump vice president, has emerged as a central figure in the Russian probes.
Monday, CBS News also confirmed former President Obama counseled then-President-elect Trump to pick another national security adviser immediately after the election.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday defended the Trump administration's handling of Michael Flynn's firing amid criticism of how long it took the former national security advisor to leave the White House.
Mr Trump made no mention of the fact that Mr Flynn had been fired from his position by the Obama administration in 2014. Reviewing the situation. They informed the president right away after they were informed of her giving us a heads up.
On Twitter, Trump retorted last night: "Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today - she said nothing but old news!"
Then in late December or early January, someone working under Obama's own national security adviser, Susan Rice, unmasked routine NSA intercepts of the Russian ambassador.