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White House warned Michael Flynn was 'compromised'

White House warned Michael Flynn was 'compromised'

In a highly anticipated hearing, former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified for the first time about why she notified White House officials that President Trump's newly named national security adviser could be compromised.

Here are some of the biggest issues that have not been directly answered by any current or former government official.

1, 2017, during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.

Yates had two in-person meetings and a phone call with White House counsel Don McGahn on January 26 and January 27, respectively.

Spicer aimed to cast doubt on the credibility of Yates, a career Justice Department official who Trump fired after she declined to defend the first version of Trump's divisive restrictions on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. Mr Flynn resigned from his post on 13 February, after media reports began to surface about his actions.

Grassley asked both Clapper and Yates if they had ever reviewed classified documents in which Trump, his associates, or members of Congress had been unmasked. "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council", he tweeted Monday, before correcting the spelling of "counsel". Sean Spicer added that if Barack Obama's administration was truly concerned about Michael Flynn, then they could have suspended his security clearance. "He stands by it", Spicer told reporters. Yates was sacked for that decision.

"Let's look at how this came down", Spicer said.




Spicer continued, "I think if you flip this scenario and say, what if we had just dismissed someone because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance, you would argue that it was pretty irrational to act in that manner". During that telephone chat, they talked about sanctions that President Barack Obama had imposed on Russian Federation as punishment for the Kremlin's meddling in our presidential election.

The controversy began during the transition period when Flynn spoke over the phone with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

In December, before Trump assumed office, Flynn talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about potentially lifting USA sanctions President Barack Obama had just levied on Russia.

"The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the Vice President and others", Ms Yates said before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. What criminal statutes did Flynn potentially violate?

"Kind of a stretch", he said of Yates' claim. She was anxious because she suspected she was not the only one who knew that Flynn had lied. That was why they ignored Yates's warning, why Trump ignored Obama's warning, and only fired Flynn once the media made Flynn's being compromised by the Russians a big story.

The key takeaways from the very partisan hearings were based around the timeline and intentions leading up to the controversial firing of former National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn, and the continued questions about the Trump campaign's connections to Russian Federation.


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