Matthew Axelrod, who served as principal deputy to former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, talks with Rachel Maddow about Yates' integrity and her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.
News outlets previously reported that Flynn discussed USA sanctions with a Russian ambassador before Trump took office.
Under Comey, the FBI was conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including whether Trump or any of his associates knowingly colluded with the Russians.
Trump has said he has no ties to Russian Federation and isn't aware of any involvement by his aides in Moscow's interference in the election. Spicer also said the reason Yates was asked to return to the White House the day after she met with its counsel is because she had done an inadequate job in that first meeting.
Former official says she told the White House that its former national security adviser could be blackmailed by Russian Federation. "And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".
Now there are two people who can testify that Donald Trump knew about Flynn and hired him and then kept him on while knowing this.
McGahn asked Yates to meet again the next day, when he asked why the Justice Department would care if White House officials lie to each other.
Earlier this year, she also made headlines when she took a stand against her very powerful boss. She followed up on the conversation in a January 30 phone call.
Trump had also used Twitter before the hearing to insinuate that Yates had leaked information on Flynn to the media.
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Spicer further told reporters that McGhan asked that she come in a second time because the information she had provided Jan 26. was unclear.
During the hearing, Sen.
Trump shouldered into the conversation in the morning, tweeting that it was the Obama administration, not he, that had given Lt. Gen. Flynn "the highest security clearance" when he worked at the Pentagon.
Tight-lipped, Yates declined to weigh in on the matter.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates laid out a convincing case in Senate testimony Monday that the Trump administration knew weeks in advance that a top White House adviser had been compromised and that his continued service posed a national security risk. In fact, it'll be especially interesting to know whether Flynn had chatted with his boss - Donald Trump - about his communications with Russian Federation.
Trump fired Flynn the next day, on February 10, after a media firestorm.
The White House said Spicer is missing the briefing because he will be at the Pentagon for the remainder of the week on duty with the Navy Reserve, with which he has served for almost two decades. Spicer said that if Obama "was seriously concerned" about Flynn's connections to Russian Federation or other foreign countries, he should have withheld Flynn's security clearance.
Yeah, I'm not going to get back into it. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for assurance that the president has no conflicts of interest with Moscow. Yates testified alongside James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.
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