Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

Andrew Cummings
May 10, 2017

All the committees are led by Republicans.

Testimonies of two key former officials before a Senate committee that is investigating alleged Russian interference in the U.S presidential election past year brought the issue into sharp focus again even as President Donald Trump termed the ongoing inquiry a "taxpayer funded charade".

Investigators on the House oversight committee raised the possibility last month that Flynn may have broken the law by not disclosing payments from RT-TV, widely considered by United States officials to be a propaganda arm of the Russian government, on his 2016 national security clearance form.

Earlier Monday, White House spokesman Spicer acknowledged that President Barack Obama had recommended that Trump not appoint Flynn national security adviser.

Then there is the apparent contradiction between how Yates described her efforts to raise the alarm about Flynn and the White House's description of the encounters.

Trump didn't act on Yates' advice until more than two weeks later, when The Washington Post reported on Flynn's conversations. Flynn apparently urged the Russians not to be too upset about the new sanctions suggesting that the Trump administration would revisit them.

In the final question, Cruz asked Yates if she was aware of any similar situation in the Department of Justice's history in which an attorney general ordered the department not to follow a policy that had been approved by the OLC.

"Of course" she was not on the Supreme Court, she said.

Yates said she first contacted McGahn on January 26, six days after Trump was sworn in, in a morning phone conversation in which she requested a face-to-face meeting, which was held that day. Later that day, at the White House, she told him there was a discrepancy between how administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, were characterizing Flynn's contacts with Kislyak and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings of those calls. Yates said that in her meetings, McGahn "demonstrated that he understood this was serious".

"You don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians", Yates told a Senate panel investigating Russia's election interference.

Trump fired Flynn in February, after Flynn had been in the national security post just 24 days.

She did say she had agreed to make Justice Department evidence against Flynn available to McGahn, who had requested it, but did not know if the White House ever reviewed it. In fact, Flynn talked to him repeatedly in late December and discussed Obama-era sanctions on Russian Federation, apparently with the intent to reassure Moscow that these sanctions would be made less severe or lifted under Trump. She went on to inform him that Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation two days prior.

But the other part of Spicer's comments says a lot about how the Trump team conducts business.

Investigations are underway in both the committee and the FBI.

"The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

Trump supporter Anthony Scaramucci defended President Donald Trump waiting 18 days to fire disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday by saying the president deserves praise for his "cautious and deliberate" management style.

The AP interviewed multiple former USA officials, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive national security information.

After some stammering from Yates, Kennedy said, "What I'm getting at, and I don't mean disrespect..." Obama that month told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 8, 2017.

Despite Obama's clear warning, Trump appointed Flynn to high office.

Trump's campaign chairman was also forced to quit after he was "accused of accepting millions of dollars in cash for representing Russian interests in Ukraine and USA, including dealings with an oligarch with close ties to President Putin", says the BBC.

Another tweet about Russian Federation from Donald Trump had people scratching their heads. Clapper was asked by Sen.

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