After Yates, more questions for Trump White House

After Yates, more questions for Trump White House

After Yates, more questions for Trump White House

White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, had insisted that Mr Flynn did not discuss US-imposed sanctions with Mr Kislyak during the presidential transition period.

President Barack Obama himself that month told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which by then had been investigating Trump associates' possible ties to Russian Federation for about six months, seemed particularly focused on Flynn.

The subcommittee that held Monday's hearing is running one of multiple congressional probes into the Russian Federation interference, along with House and Senate intelligence panels.

Donald Trump has hit back angrily over new claims about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned amid controversy over his links with Russian Federation.

After the first meeting, Yates said she was asked to return to the White House by McGahn for some follow-up questions the next day.

"And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians". First, she said, "the underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself".

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, right, and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 8, 2017, before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Cr.

Yates filled in new details of the events of January 26, describing contacting McGahn in the morning and telling him she had something sensitive to discuss in person.

Strikingly, Yates warned that not only was Flynn not telling the truth about the calls, the Russians knew and could probably prove he was lying - therefore opening him up to blackmail.

In an Oval Office meeting with Trump two days after the November election, Obama told his successor that there were more qualified candidates for the crucial White House post, according to one official.

One of the questions McGahn asked Flynn was, "Why does it matter to DOJ if one White House official lies to another?" But he has plenty of proxies willing to jump in for him, including on Monday, when three former Obama administration officials said Obama had personally warned Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

"It is, yes", Yates replied.

Yates former principal deputy, Matt Axelrod, who is now in private practice, disputed Spicer's characterization of Yates as a partisan, pointing out that she was confirmed as deputy attorney general on an 84-12 bipartisan vote. The White House has also tried to publicly minimize the contributions either to the campaign or administration of some of the individuals whose names have surfaced as part of the investigation, such as Manafort and Flynn. Trump said in a volley of tweets, possibly designed as a head-fake away from the substance of the hearing. Trump made no mention of the fact that Flynn had been fired from his high position by the Obama administration in 2014.

Obama fired Flynn from his defense intelligence job.

That means Spicer will not be the one to address the many questions surrounding Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as the FBI investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"The onus is on the next generation to lead the party in the Trump era", said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama White House and campaign adviser.

The U.S. intelligence community could not corroborate the sources included in a dubious dossier on President Donald Trump, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress Monday. Her calm presentation and refusal to get riled by some Republican senators trying to knock her off her game made her come across as a credible witness. That is because she was sacked on January 30 after refusing to defend the president's executive order banning refugees and travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump initially hit back by dismissing suggestions that his team colluded with Russian Federation as a "hoax", and calling the congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the United States election a taxpayer-funded "charade".

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