Here's What We Learned From Former Acting AG Sally Yates' Senate Hearing

Lauren Perry
May 15, 2017

Here are some of the biggest issues that have not been directly answered by any current or former government official. Chris Coons that in the meetings, McGahn "demonstrated that he understood that this was serious".

Yates testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that focused primarily on Flynn, and did not shed much light on other aspects of investigations of allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US election and whether there was collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Democrats criticize Trump for not firing Flynn until February 13 - the day the Washington Post published a story that reported that, contrary to Pence's assertion, Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak.

But Ms Yates went to the White House to warn officials that they had been misled about the nature of those calls between Mr Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, which took place before Mr Trump was inaugurated.

"We were giving them [White House officials] this information so they could take action".

On Monday, President Trump took one of his tweets to the next level ... of his Twitter profile.

At Tuesday's White House press briefing, the first question tossed to press secretary Sean Spicer, as expected, was why the president waited so long to fire Flynn.

Yates characterized her disclosures to McGahn about Flynn as warnings about a "very sensitive" matter - not a "heads-up", as Spicer described it. Yates had been fired during that gap.

The FBI interviewed Flynn about the December calls with Kislyak and determined that he wasn't intentionally trying to be deceptive about the nature of what was discussed, according to USA officials briefed on the investigation.

"I made a determination that I believed that it was unlawful", Yates said.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is testifying Monday before a Senate subcommittee investigating Russian interference in the election. Saying he never talked sanctions with Russia's ambassador.'s worrisome that he was still doing that when he was a potential target of Russian blackmail?

Trump tweeted Monday that Flynn was "given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration - but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that". What criminal statutes did Flynn potentially violate?

Yates testified that she issued a warning because Flynn had apparently lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington. But there is still a lot more we do not know due to ongoing investigations, and the fact that much of the information is classified.

The White House is trying to spin their not firing National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after acting Attorney General Sally Yates reported to them that Flynn was compromised by his contacts with Russian Federation. "And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".

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