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Former AG Sally Yates Testifies She Warned Trump Admin That Flynn Was Compromised by Russia

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The Trump administration has been plagued by allegations that it engaged in inappropriate (some claim illegal, even treasonous) collaboration with Russian officials who sought to overthrow the American democratic election of 2016 that placed Donald Trump in the White House. And today, official hearings in the matter featured former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

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Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that she’d warned the White House about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and advised that his interactions with the Russians could leave him in a position to be blackmailed.

Yet Flynn stayed in the White House for 18 days after Yates’s admonition.

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Everyone wants to know just what Flynn said in these meetings with the Russians, and when he may have said it. Yet very little information is unclassified.

Yates, who did have access to this information had conversations with White House Counsel Donald McGahn on Jan. 26 about what the administration was acknowledging about Flynn’s December meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn hadn’t been forthcoming with the truth about those conversations, and lied to Vice President Pence about what had been discussed. Pence, believing the falsehoods, repeated them to the American public.

Yet Yates knew otherwise, thanks to intelligence gathering by the Obama White House.

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“We began our meeting telling him that there had been press accounts of statements from the vice president and others that related to conduct that General Flynn had been involved in that we knew not to be the truth,” Yates said. “The vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the American public, and General Flynn was compromised by the Russians.’’

“The first thing we did was to explain to Mr. McGahn and say the underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself,’’ Yates said.

The Russians “likely had proof of this information and that created a compromise situation — a situation where the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians,’’ she noted. “Finally we told them we were giving them all of this information so that they could take action.’’

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They didn’t take any action for more than two weeks.

Yates was fired by President Trump when she refused to support his executive order barring immigration.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), seizing the opportunity to chastise Yates for that decision, voiced his indignation. “I find it enormously disappointing that you somehow vetoed the decision of the Office of Legal Counsel with regard to the lawfulness of the president’s order.’’

Yates reminded him of her confirmation hearing, “you specifically asked me in that hearing that if the president asked me to do something that was unlawful or unconstitutional . . . would I say no? . . . That’s what I promised you I would do, and that’s what I did.’’

And what about the President? He was busy on Twitter. “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council,” tweeted Trump Monday.

“The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?”