Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates said on Monday she warned the White House in January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could have been vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation. The issue here was that the President got to the point where General Flynn's relationship - misleading the Vice President and others, or the possibility that he had forgotten critical details of this important conversation had created a critical mass and an unsustainable situation. Flynn had denied discussing with Kislyak the subject of USA sanctions on Russian Federation for the November election interference, but high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ officials had recorded conversations between Kislyak and Flynn.
"Logic would tell you that you don't want the national security adviser to be in a position where the Russians have leverage over him", she added. And the White House also has blamed President Obama, whom they say originally vetted Flynn, and never mind that Obama also fired Flynn, and then explicitly and personally warned Trump about Flynn. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she still has "questions regarding Russia's relationships and connections with Trump advisers and associates".
Prior to her testimony, former Obama administration officials told multiple media outlets that President Obama directly warned President-elect Trump against hiring Flynn during their face-to-face meeting in November. She said no to both.
The president himself had earlier tweeted that it was Obama administration which had given Mr Flynn "the highest security clearance" when he worked at the Pentagon.
You'd like to think that Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and onetime director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, would have been well aware of this, too.
"The underlying conduct that Gen. Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself", she testified Monday. Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to United States was a primary focus of the Yates's testimony.
President Trump later fired Yates for refusing to enforce his travel ban.
Instead, Trump chose to play up former director of national intelligence James Clapper's acknowledgement during the same hearing that he was not aware of any evidence of collusion between the president and Russian Federation, which American intelligence has concluded tried to sway the U.S. election in Trump's favor. Yates should have been out of the DOJ the minute Trump took his hand off the Bible when he was sworn in along with all the other Obama swampers. Within 11 days, Trump asked for Flynn's resignation, which, Spicer said, showed "the president acted decisively". She declined to discuss the nature of that conduct, but press reports indicated that Flynn and the ambassador talked about US sanctions against Russian Federation.
Flynn's discussions with the Russian envoy have been scrutinized as part of an FBI and multiple congressional investigations into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia's meddling in last year's election.
What was his role at the White House in those 18 days?
After the hearing Monday, Trump tweeted: "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?" The Justice Department warning-hey, your national security adviser could be compromised by the foreign government that just intervened in the American presidential campaign-appeared to have had no impact on Trump's actions regarding Flynn.