Yates Confirms She Told White House Gen. Flynn Was 'Compromised' on Russian Federation

Sen. Lindsey Graham asks a question as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham asks a question as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill

On her refusal, Yates told Kennedy that she "believed any argument [the Justice Department] would have to make in its defense would not be grounded in the truth".

President Donald Trump didn't wait long to weigh in on Monday's testimony by former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and his discriminatory Muslim ban, appeared on Capitol Hill to testify about Russia's interference in the US presidential election.

"President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

"Logic would tell you that you don't want the national security adviser to be in a position where the Russians have leverage over him", she added.

Perhaps the most heated portion of the hearing came when Cruz revisited the topic of Yates' refusal to enforce Donald Trump's executive order barring entrance into the USA for citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries, which led to her termination in January.

Yates, who as acting attorney general was privy to the details of Flynn's conversation, informed White House counsel Donald McGahn of the discrepancy in late January.

The Trump transition team initially denied that Flynn had discussed the sanctions in his call with Kislyak.

The testimony from Yates, an Obama administration holdover fired soon after for other reasons, marked her first public comments about the concerns she raised and filled in basic details about the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster in February.

In case it wasn't clear when she put her job on the line to stand up for the constitution, Sally Yates does not mess around, and despite how little most of her hearing has had to do with Russian Federation, everyone's really enjoying it anyway.

Yates' questioning by a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election was just one portion of a politically charged day that began with combative tweets from Trump and continued with disclosures from Obama administration officials about a private Oval Office conversation between Obama and his successor. Amy Klobuchar, Yates said she did not know about the travel ban before it was issued.

Flynn had multiple contacts with Kislyak during the transition, including an in-person meeting at New York's Trump Tower that was also attended by the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The warning was "based on Flynn's role as head of DIA", a former administration official told AFP.

After the hearing Monday, Trump tweeted: "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

Probes by several congressional committees have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House.

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