Former Trump security aide was Russian Federation blackmail risk, says ex

Sally Yates

Despite firing Flynn, Trump has tried to paint his former national security adviser as a victim of illegal leaks of classified information by Obama officials.

Three days later, for reasons unrelated to Flynn, Trump fired Yates for refusing to defend his travel ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Spicer called former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates - who warned the White House on January 26 about Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak - a "political opponent of the president". Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to U.S. was a primary focus of the Yates's testimony.

Yates was appointed Deputy Attorney General under President Barack Obama, but had previously been appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Mr Trump hit back by dismissing suggestions that his team colluded with Russian Federation as a "hoax", and calling the congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the United States election a taxpayer- funded "charade".

"I told them again that there were a number of press accounts of statements that had been made by the vice president and other high-ranking White House officials about General Flynn's conduct that we knew to be untrue", Yates said. These untruths, she warned, could potentially open the National Security Adviser up to blackmail by the Russian government.

Flynn was asked to resign from his position in February, Spicer said, because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence. Chris Coons that in the meetings, McGahn "demonstrated that he understood that this was serious". "If nothing was done, certainly that would be concerning".

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Clapper was instrumental in the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation sought to boost Trump's chances of winning the election by hacking into the computer of the campaign chief for Clinton.

"Yes, it is (accurate), and it's also quite sensitive", Clapper said.

But in his most damning attempts to undercut her credibility, Spicer went so far as to call Yates a "strong supporter of Clinton" without offering any evidence.

Separately on Monday, former Obama officials said he had raised general concerns about Mr Flynn with Mr Trump and had told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post.

Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer said in response 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.

"President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

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