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White House defends its reaction to Yates' warnings

Sacked acting attorney-general Sally Yates Obama said to have warned Trump against hiring Flynn
Eleena Tovar | 15 May, 2017, 19:54

Yates' testimony returned the spotlight to the simmering controversy over Russia's meddling in last year's U.S. election.

President Trump wants Americans to know that the allegations that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation are completely false.

Trump suggested in a separate tweet on Monday problems with Flynn, fired in February, should have been flagged by the previous administration.

During that section of the hearing, Clapper described as accurate a report in the Guardian newspaper that British intelligence officials became aware in late 2015 about suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and Russian agents, and that the information was passed on to US intelligence agencies.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified to great praise yesterday, but Sean Spicer was dismissive and unimpressed today during his press briefing at the White House. She was called to testify on the "bipartisan, ongoing investigation into the Russian...campaign targeting the 2016 US election" in front of the House Intelligence Committee.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was due before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, where she spoke about her warnings to the White House about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. And that created a compromised situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians.

Prior to her testimony, former Obama administration officials told multiple media outlets that President Obama directly warned President-elect Trump against hiring Flynn during their face-to-face meeting in November.

Mr Obama, who had fired Mr Flynn as the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), told Mr Trump that he would have profound concerns about Mr Flynn becoming a top national security aide.

Yates had been a key Justice Department official under Obama and is expected to answer questions about warnings she gave the incoming administration about discussions Flynn was having with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador in Washington. Before, all we knew was that Yates had warned the White House in January that Flynn lied about his communications with Russian Federation.

- President Trump took to Twitter after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before a Senate subcommittee investigating possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Flynn was sacked from the DIA in 2014 for what officials familiar with the issue said was a disruptive management style that included instructing analysts to find intelligence substantiating improbable theories that some subordinates came to call "Flynn facts". He said then she informed the White House counsel's office that there were materials relevant to the situation involving Flynn.