Despite warnings on Flynn, Trump dismisses Russian collusion

Sally Yates contradicted the Trump administration on warnings about Michael Flynn’s contacts with the RussiaMore

Yates' Senate testimony, like the testimony of FBI Director James Comey, made it clear that the need for a full and independent investigation into the Trump team's ties to Russian Federation, and its subsequent attempts to cover up those ties, is an urgent matter of national security.

Clapper qualified his earlier statement that he knew of no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - a point House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has used to exculpate Trump.

Clapper repeated that assertion Monday, although he was unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter. But she noted that "you should not draw from that an assumption that that means that the answer is yes".

Yates testified that she reached out to and met with White House Counsel Donald McGahn about Flynn, who was sacked in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. If Yates was a partisan actor hostile to Trump, why should the White House have been expected to take her advice about presidential appointments seriously? Billingslea knew Flynn would be speaking to Kislyak, according to two former Obama administration officials, and seemed concerned Flynn did not fully understand he was dealing with a man rumored to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies. What was of most interest to the senators was information regarding Trump's former national security advisor Gen.

"Why did the president wait 18 days to fire Mike Flynn after the White House was informed of his conduct and warned that he was a potential target for Russian blackmail?" asked Kaitlan Collins of The Daily Caller.

Pence said in January that Flynn denied those calls involved sanctions placed on Russian Federation by the Obama administration in response to its election meddling.

Her warning, of course, was on point - as we know, since Trump finally fired Flynn.

Meanwhile, the USA administration fiercely denied Trump's contested travel ban deliberately single out Muslims during an appeals court hearing Monday - despite the president's campaign call for a blanket Muslim ban. "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer-funded charade end?" he fumed in one post, while in another, he targeted Ms Yates - claiming she had "said nothing but old news!" after earlier assailing her for allegedly leaking classified information.

Now there are calls among Democrats in her home state of Georgia for Yates to become a candidate, possibly for governor next year.

Spicer's attacks came a day after Yates told the Senate subcommittee that she warned the White House that Flynn, also fired by the Obama administration, had misrepresented his contacts with Russian officials and was potentially susceptible to blackmail by Moscow.

But here, too, Yates' correctness is borne by the president's actions.

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

He indicated Trump has not accepted her finding that Flynn may have been compromised, calling it "a little premature".

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