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Former Trump security aide Flynn's papers subpoenaed in Russian Federation probe

12 May 2017

As President Donald Trump faces a mounting number of government crises, he took time to praise Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser was recently subpoenaed by the Senate and who he fired earlier this year for misleading the Vice President about contacts with Russian Federation.

LifeZette likewise argued that Yates' testimony-and that of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also appeared at the hearing-was "not so harmful to President Donald Trump". Mr. Clapper declined to comment, saying it could be a subject of an ongoing FBI investigation.

Yates said she told the White House six days into Trump's administration that Flynn, a former military intelligence chief, had not been honest with Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to Washington, leaving him vulnerable to leverage from Moscow.

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.

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Flynn and other former Trump advisers Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone also are subjects of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, the Senate Intelligence inquiry and a separate review by the House Intelligence Committee. Why did Trump wait 18 days before removing his national security adviser after urgent advice that Flynn could be "blackmailed"?

It had the makings of a Cold War whodunit: The attorney general tells the White House that the Russians have "kompromat" on the president's national security adviser - but the president, for reasons unclear, stands by the compromised official.

Mr Flynn, a retired army lieutenant-general, misled the White House about discussing United States sanctions against Russian Federation with the country's envoy, Sergei Kislyak, before Donald Trump's inauguration in January. "If there was every any doubt about the need for a special independent prosecutor, which I've been advocating for months, there is no question now".

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates on May 8 testified before senators about her conversations with a White House lawyer that ultimately led to the ousting of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Klobuchar said Tuesday Flynn was kept on even after the warning from Yates, and had been involved in sensitive meetings during that time.

Flynn was sacked by Trump in February after it emerged he had lied about his interactions with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in December, the day President Barack Obama had announced sanctions against Russia for its alleged meddling in US polls. Charles Grassley of Iowa dutifully did ask her, to which she denied leaking any information to reporters or knowing anyone who might have.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn said her actions with regard to the executive order were "enormously disappointing" and accused her of undermining the powers of the President because she disagreed with Trump's order "as a policy matter".

"But also more importantly, for the discussion today about Russian Federation, [she was] really laying out that this was just not a heads-up she gave the White House".

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On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that the hearing had bored him, telling his listeners that Yates is "a leftist hack, and the whole thing yesterday was a big bomb".