Ex-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Testifies That She Warned White House About Michael Flynn

Sally Yates

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said that she informed the White House in January that she believed that Michael Flynn was “compromised with respect to the Russians” in his role as national security adviser.

Flynn resigned on Feb. 13, after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period. Flynn had insisted that he had not discussed sanctions on Russian with the ambassador, even though he had.


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Yates appeared before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday in highly anticipated testimony, where she was queried about her Jan. 26 warnings to White House Counsel Don McGahn that what Flynn was telling Pence and others was not accurate.

The Russians, she said, were aware of what Flynn was saying, presenting a potential blackmail opportunity.

“We believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates said. She declined to provide many details of what was said, citing classified information.

She added, “Logic would tell you that you don’t want the national security advisor to be in a situation where the Russians have leverage over him.”

But she said that it was not just Flynn’s misleading of the White House that posed problems.

“The underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself,” she said.

Earlier on Monday, President Donald Trump suggested that Yates had some involvement in the leaking of information to the media about Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials. Flynn resigned after the Washington Post reported that intelligence officials had intercepted calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador.

But Yates and James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, denied that they authorized any leaks or that they did so themselves. Clapper was also testifying at the hearing on Russian interference into the 2016 election.

In another tweet, Trump distanced himself from Flynn by laying blame on his predecessor.

Several outlets reported later on Monday that, in their first meeting two days after the election, Barack Obama warned Trump about hiring Flynn. Obama had fired Flynn as director of Defense Intelligence, and Flynn later went to work on Trump’s campaign.

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  1. Frank says:

    Omg………who the hell cares!!!!!!!!!
    Stop wasting our money on these stupid hearings where they already know NOTHING will happen and they’ll drag it out for two yrs because they are
    lazy lazy lazy idiots leaching off of us living off the public.
    Get yates the hell off of living for free on taxpayers money, pulling scams.
    Get her the hell out. Stop this stupid waste of time hearing put he’d in jail she refused to accept an order that’s treason. The hill and bill and barryo
    jail center for dumbocrats. Hahahaha

  2. Steve says:

    “The buck stops here.” — Harry Truman

    “The buck stops…over there somewhere! Fake news! Radical Islamic Terrorism! THEY’RE RAPISTS!” — Donald Trump.

  3. Jeff says:

    I am in no way, shape or form a Trump supporter or cheerleader, but please can someone objectively tell me why this story is on Variety’s website? It is hard to make this story fit the definition of entertainment-related news. An unending stream of “Bad Trump Everything” stories will have the effect of making all stories about the President white noise for many people. It also reinforces the idea that Hollywood is endlessly preoccupied with the man. People need to pace themselves; it’s only May!

    • Jeff says:

      Have you seen the comments section of just about any Variety story? They’ve cultivated a political clickbait audience that’s helping to drive their online numbers and pay the bills. But I agree, it’s really off-target, given what Variety used to be. .

  4. Donna says:

    So very tired of the losing candidate blaming everyone instead of looking in the mirror! Step up to the plate HC.

  5. Sad to think TRUMP was advised by Obama in “good faith” and yet never seems to understand “THE BUCK STOPS HERE”….when it comes to accountability.

  6. See Me - Feel Me says:

    The big question is what is DT so afraid of that he has to try to deflect the blame. Even though that is his
    standard response to everything, doesn’t anyone tell him that his unwillingness to get to the truth looks strange at best and complicit at worst. He just looks like a guilty man making excuses.

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