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Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russian Federation

10 May 2017

Sally Yates was a "political opponent" of Donald Trump who, as acting attorney general, did a lousy job warning the Trump White House about Flynn's potential as a Russian blackmail target, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The main investigations are being conducted by congressional Intelligence Committees, although Democrats have clamored for a special prosecutor or independent committee.

But perhaps the most appalling element of yesterday's testimony was the attitude of committee Republicans. Flynn was later fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

Yates recounted for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism two meetings she had with Don McGahn, Trump's White House counsel. In her testimony yesterday, Yates revealed that she went to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, on January 26th, and told him that the Justice Department was anxious about three issues related to Flynn's actions.

Yates said she expected the White House to act quickly. Flynn apparently urged the Russians not to be too upset about the new sanctions suggesting that the Trump administration would revisit them. He later said that his original assessment was that there was no evidence he had seen worth including in the intelligence assessment - but Yates later said that she could not answer the question because she did not want to reveal any classified information. Lindsey Graham, who opened the hearing with an implicit rebuke of the President and his alternative explanations for the interference in the election. But, she said she answered this question to the White House.

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Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, was one of a handful who grilled Yates about her objections to Trump's travel ban. The president said it was unacceptable to him that Flynn had misled Pence, who told national television interviewers, based on discussions with Flynn, that Flynn did not talk with Kislyak about sanctions imposed by Obama against Russian Federation for its meddling in last year's USA presidential election.

He wrote: "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel".

"That created a compromise situation, where the national security adviser could essentially be blackmailed by the Russians", she said.

She offered no details Tuesday about the content of that interview, but did reveal that she had rushed to the White House before the Federal Bureau of Investigation wrote up its report about the interview, known as a 302. But, again, is that more important than finding out the depth of Russia's meddling in our presidential election and the extent of their contacts with Flynn and others within Trump's orbit? Flynn served under Obama as defense intelligence chief before Obama dismissed him. But Clapper also told the Senate that he does not know the details of the of FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation during the presidential election.

President Trump fired off a series of tweets Monday labeling the "Russia-Trump collusion story" "a total hoax".

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Further, said Klobuchar, the Trump administration made a decision to keep Flynn on an additional 18 days after Yates' warning, "and in fact, two days after having this warning allowed him to sit in on an hour-long telephone call between the president of the United States and [Russian President] Vladimir Putin. We're the Department of Justice".

Yates' warning about Flynn in January capped weeks of building concern among top Obama officials, former officials said. Obama that month told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"President Obama's former Director of National Intelligence and his former acting CIA Director have both said they have seen no evidence of collusion".

Instead, Yates portrayed a drama that unfolded before Trump had been in office even a week.

During that section of the hearing, Clapper described as accurate a report in the Guardian newspaper that British intelligence officials became aware in late 2015 about suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and Russian agents, and that the information was passed on to US intelligence agencies. The New York Times reported this sharing, from British, Dutch and other allies, in March.

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Of the four former Trump campaign aides at the center of the Capitol Hill's Russian Federation probes - including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page and former campaign adviser Roger Stone - Flynn has generated the most heat following a steady stream of revelations. Clapper was asked by Sen.

Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russian Federation