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Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

Yates is expected to illuminate what led to the ouster of Michael Flynn.

"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.

Trump fired Yates after she defied the White House on the travel ban, a policy that Trump said would help protect Americans from Islamist militants.

Yates detailed her own warnings to the Trump White House about Flynn, including meetings with the White House counsel in which she said that discrepancies over Flynn's contacts with the Russian envoy left him vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow. It's possible that "Why does it matter" will become the Democratic version of what "What difference does it make?" meant to Republicans over Hillary Clinton.

"During my tenure as DNI, it was my practice to defer to the FBI director - both (former FBI) Director (Robert) Mueller and Director Comey - on whether, when, and to what extent they would inform me about such investigations", Clapper said.

He hoped Americans recognised the severity of the threat posed by Russian Federation and that the US moved to counter Moscow before it "further erodes the fabric of our democracy", he added.

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

The revelations did not in themselves represent a development that could break open the mystery of Moscow's meddling with last year's election and increasingly vocal Democratic claims of collusion between Russian Federation and members of the President's inner circle. While Clapped admitted that he knew nothing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, the former DNI did confirm something that has been bubbling for weeks, that intelligence agencies of allies in Europe had sent the United States information they had obtained about possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia. Sen.

And presented with that information, Donald Trump and his team did nothing. "Yes it is", Clapper acknowledged.

The hearing brought the issue of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian officials back into the public eye. That's a question that was asked of Yates not only by the White House's top lawyer when they met, but also at Monday's hearing by Sen. "At all? Anytime", Graham pressed.

The President will then receive his daily intelligence briefing.

Sally Yates deserves an award for how impressively she held her composure against an onslaught of mansplaining and patronizing during her Senate confirmation hearing.

One other thing in terms of partisanship - Republicans are asking a lot about Yates' decision to not defend Trump's initial executive order on immigration. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican.

Congressional committees began investigating after US intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hacking of Democratic political groups to try to sway the election toward Trump.

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, met with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013 and provided him documents about the energy industry, according to court documents from a 2015 prosecution alleging a Cold War-style spy ring in NY.

Then there is the apparent contradiction between how Yates described her efforts to raise the alarm about Flynn and the White House's description of the encounters. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to move the hearing topic over to Hillary Clinton's email server and emails sent by her top State Department aide Huma Abedin.

The main investigations are being conducted by congressional Intelligence Committees, although Democrats have clamored for a special prosecutor or independent committee.

President Donald Trump is calling investigations into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling a "taxpayer funded charade" and a "total hoax".

The question that did not get answered during more than three hours of testimony Monday afternoon is why the White House waited 18 days to fire Flynn after learning he had lied.

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted and later deleted: "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council", notes

Trump tweeted Monday that Flynn was "given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration - but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that".

It's safe to say that some on Capitol Hill would not agree with the President's assessment.



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