Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

After Yates, more questions for Trump White House

After Yates, more questions for Trump White House

The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the hearing that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election.

Flynn's forced resignation followed media reports that he had discussed US -imposed sanctions on Russian Federation with Ambassador Kislyak, which was contrary to the public representations of the Trump White House.

"President Donald Trump called Clapper's comments a full dismissal of potential collusion and dismissed the entire issue outright in the series of tweets after the hearing, referring to information from the day's events as "old news", "a total hoax" and "#FakeNews!".

She said she had warned him that Mr Flynn had apparently misled the administration about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.

During her testimony, Yates spoke extensively about Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor. And in almost every single one, the top Democrat on the committee spends time outlining the Trump administration's connections to Russian Federation, as Sen. Yates then responded, "I don't know. but I don't think it would be a good idea, and that's not what I did in this case".

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She added, "We believe that the Russians knew this and that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".

Three days later, for reasons unrelated to Flynn, Trump fired Yates for refusing to defend his travel ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries. But she said she didn't know if the White House took steps to restrict Flynn's access to sensitive or classified information.

The first warning came from President Obama to President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, that is, 48 hours from his election and during their first meeting. 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. One of them was former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates owning Sen.

For whatever reason, Trump did not take that information seriously, according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Separately, two USA officials told NBC News that the Defense Intelligence Agency didn't know Flynn had been paid almost $34,000 by a Russian state media outlet when it renewed his security clearance in April 2016. "Imagine what Republicans would say if a President Hillary Clinton retained as national security adviser a person who could be blackmailed by Moscow".

He went on to say that Yates was not excited about Trump taking office before getting interrupted by a reporter. In March, the FBI confirmed it is conducting a separate investigation into whether any of Trump's current or former aides improperly coordinated with Russian intelligence.

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