Senate Panel Probing Russian Link to 2016 Presidential Election

15 Mai, 2017, 23:56 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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According to intelligence officials, the two discussed sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama to punish Russian Federation for its efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

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.

His defense of timeline of Flynn's dismissal comes one day after Yates revealed during a dramatic Senate hearing that she delivered dire warnings to the White House counsel that Flynn was compromised because he misrepresented to senior administration officials his conversations with Russia's US ambassador.

Spicer, the White House press secretary, said Yates had come to the White House on January 26.

Yates answer was that you don't want your National Security Adviser compromised by the Russians.

Yates informed a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday that her intent was to warn White House counsel Donald McGahn that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about discussions Flynn had held with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This development comes after former president Barrack Obama [official website] said he had warned Trump not to hire Flynn [NYT report].

"What we saw was that this wasn't just some casual mention at a cocktail party", said the senator.

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At Tuesday's press briefing, Spicer was asked why President Donald Trump waited 18 days to fire Flynn after Yates told the White House that Flynn had been "compromised" and was at risk of being blackmailed by Russian Federation. The White House says Flynn was sacked for misleading top officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Flynn, a retired general once seen as a potential Trump vice president, has emerged as a central figure in the Russian probes.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Obama had communicated concerns about Flynn.

President Trump has now fired three US law enforcement officials who, at the time of their firings, were investigating his presidential campaign or administration.

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.

Just days after the inauguration, moreover, Yates used those same NSA transcripts to try to get Flynn fired, by warning the White House that he was "vulnerable" to Russian extortion.

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