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Senate hearing revives Democratic campaign over alleged Trump-Russia connections

14 Mai 2017

Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Monday that she warned White House officials that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed.

Trump was wary of warnings from President Obama and acting Attorney General Sally Yates about Flynn, she said, while Trump fired FBI Director James Comey the same day he received a damning memo on the longtime lawman.

"Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows - there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump", read Trump's tweet, which soon made its way up to his Twitter banner, superimposed over a seemingly unrelated photo of Congressional Republicans celebrating the recent House vote to repeal Obamacare. In fact, Clapper noted that he had been unaware of the FBI investigation into the Russian Federation ties with the Trump campaign - driving home the point that he wasn't privy to every piece of information.

She told White House counsel Don McGahn on January 26, less than a week into Trump's presidency, that Flynn had not been telling the truth about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington.

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 McFaul, who has been heavily critical of President Trump and Flynn, wondered how a Russian blackmail operation against Flynn would have actually played out.

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Trump sent 4 tweets on the Sally Yates hearing.

"Somebody came over, gave us a heads up, told us there were materials", he said. "To state the obvious, you don't want the national security adviser compromised by the Russians". So, Yates reached out to the White House Counsel Don McGahn, and told him that Flynn had apparently lied to Vice President Pence and others.

Obama had warned Trump, then president-elect, not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Flynn just after the Republican's surprise victory in the November 8 election, a former Obama aide said.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn said her actions with regard to the executive order were "enormously disappointing" and accused her of undermining the powers of the President because she disagreed with Trump's order "as a policy matter". It "shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, given that General Flynn had worked for President Obama, was an outspoken critic of President Obama's shortcomings", Spicer said.

An Obama official who warned the White House about contacts between President Donald Trump's first national security adviser and Russian Federation is set to speak publicly about her worries.

Senate hearing revives Democratic campaign over alleged Trump-Russia connections