Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia
Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia
Michael Flynn at the White House in Washington
19 May, 2017, 15:19
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File).
The first warning came from President Obama to President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, that is, 48 hours from his election and during their first meeting. And it took almost three weeks after Yates' exhortation for him to oust Flynn - and then, only because his lies to Vice President Mike Pence got leaked to the press, kicking off a cascading scandal. According to Yates, Flynn misled officials and media outlets like NBC News by stating that he did not discuss Barack Obama administration sanctions on Russian Federation when in fact he had. Mr. Flynn resigned as NSA on February 13.
Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to United States was a primary focus of the Yates's testimony. These untruths, she warned, could potentially open the National Security Adviser up to blackmail by the Russian government.
"I believe they are emboldened to now continue such activities, both here and around the world", Clapper said.
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. He's also tried to pin Flynn's troubles on Obama, noting that it was the previous administration that continued to approve Flynn's security clearance after he was sacked. Recall that Gen. Flynn had formerly worked for Obama as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a position from which he was sacked in 2014 over his disagreements with Obama on foreign policy.
Spicer said that Trump made the right decision to fire Yates before a reporter asked Spicer how she could be a "political opponent of the president".
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. His resignation followed reports that Flynn discussed Russian Federation sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, contrary to White House statements. "Biggest story today between (former Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper & Yates is on surveillance". He retired when Trump took office.
Earlier Monday, former officials said Obama had raised general concerns about Flynn with Trump and told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer, confirming media reports of Obama's warning to Trump, said it was no secret that Obama "wasn't exactly a fan" of Flynn and questioned why Flynn was not stripped of his security clearance.
Mr Trump 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".
Probes by several congressional committees into Russian election meddling have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House.
Spicer referred to Flynn as a "good man" who President Trump didn't want to smear.
This is risky business that the first choice for National Security Advisor turned out to be a liar in the White House.
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Her answer, both times: She was concerned that Flynn had been compromised and was open to being blackmailed by Russian Federation.
When he faced pushback on that, Spicer called Yates "appointed by the Obama Administration, a strong supporter of Clinton". Whitehouse spoke at the opening of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
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