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11 May 2017

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end? Trump said in one tweet.

"Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Donald Trump not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Michael Flynn who was eventually fired in a controversy about ties to Russian Federation, a former Obama aide said".

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates told a Senate panel Monday she warned the White House that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by Russian Federation more than two weeks before he was sacked.

"The underlying conduct that Gen. Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself", she testified Monday.

Ms Yates told the hearing: "We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the vice president was making false statements to the public and because we believed that General Flynn was possibly compromised".

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Spicer defended the White House process in handling Flynn, even though the former National Security advisor wasn't immediately removed from duty after the warnings.

Democrats say Trump waited too long to fire Flynn, acting only after the Washington Post raised concerns about Flynn's conversations with the Russians.

The Trump White House was told again, after they hired Flynn, that he was compromised.

In her testimony, Yates said that she had called McGahn the Monday after they met to tell him the material was ready to review. Who is not exactly someone that was excited about President Trump taking office or his agenda... Why doesn't the media report on this? Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper also is testifying. He says he has no ties to Russian Federation, but the investigations are expected to last into next year.

Also testifying today will be former director of national intelligence James Clapper, who has repeatedly warned about the need to get to the bottom of Russia's intervention in the election past year, which U.S. intelligence believes was aimed at intentionally damaging Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.

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He said Yates was appointed by the Obama administration and that she was "a strong supporter of [Hillary] Clinton".

Yates disclosed that she had spoken with McGahn about the matter on January 26 and January 27, adding that he had "demonstrated that he understood that this was serious". We'll look at the latest on the Russian Federation connection.

"That should be a really easy look", Spicer said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump, as well as possible links to the Trump campaign. Republicans also want him to investigate leaks of classified information. Ted Cruz's attempted grilling of Yates at Monday's hearing seem so unusual. She said she was not. So that's now, I think, number four, so - Jim.

SPICER: Hold on. No. Caitlyn (ph), let me answer the question.

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