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Yates' testimony echoes a question: What did the president know?

Yates' testimony echoes a question: What did the president know?

Watergate buffs undoubtedly heard the echoes of that famous occasion on Monday, when they heard the news media's repeated references to an "18-day gap" in regards to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

Yates testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that focused primarily on Flynn, and did not shed much light on other aspects of investigations of allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election and whether there was collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

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. Because when the Russian ambassador picks up the phone, US intelligence officials are listening in.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump, as well as possible links to the Trump campaign. Flynn denied doing so, and Pence later issued a similar denial.

I do believe that the Russian ambassador was under surveillance by the Intelligence Community, they captured that conversation between a transition team member, and that conversation winds up in the Washington Post for political purposes.

So it is now confirmed, under oath, by former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

It was a petulant act, of course, given the constitutional questions around Trump's ban. Michael Flynn, and what Yates knew of Russian election interference.

"We weren't the only ones who knew of this", Yates said.

The hearing produced more confirmations of what we already know than surprises.

Yates briefed McGahn on January 26 that Flynn could be "blackmailed" and "compromised" by the Russians.

Both Yates and Clapper said no. Republicans also want him to investigate leaks of classified information.

The Democratic president reportedly thought Mr Flynn was not suited for such a high-level position. She said she was not.

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She said he "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington.

Now this might seem confusing because Trump is blaming Obama for Trump hiring and not vetting Flynn.

Her testimony Monday was the first time Yates spoke publicly about her concerns.

McGahn also asked "to look at the underlying evidence against Flynn". On Monday, Jan. 30, she called him back and agreed to his request.

Obama, who had fired Flynn as defense intelligence chief two years earlier for mismanagement, warned Trump about Flynn's conduct during a first meeting in the Oval Office on November 10, two days after the election.

The discussion between President Obama and President-elect Trump was revealed on Monday by NBC, citing three Obama administration officials.

Yates, meanwhile, was described as someone who is not a supporter of the president's agenda and who, a few days after giving the White House a Flynn red flag, "refused to uphold a lawful order" of Trump's, aka Travel Ban 1.

Flynn's clearance was renewed before officials learned Russian Federation paid him 34-thousand dollars for a speech in Moscow.

Yates' much-awaited testimony brought fresh attention to this administration's Russian Federation problem, which the White House has struggled to resolve by trying, among other things, to blame it on Obama, by citing the security clearance the general had had continued to enjoy despite being dismissed as head of U.S. military's intelligence agency, in 2014.

"You asked me whether I was aware of any evidence of collusion, and I declined to answer because answering would reveal classified information".

After the hearing, Trump issued several further tweets, saying that Yates "made the fake media extremely unhappy today - she said nothing but old news!"


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