Despite Hubbub Over Michael Flynn, Clapper Says No Collusion with Russian Federation

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

She went over that afternoon "to warn the White House of something we were very concerned about, so they could take action", Yates said of her January 26 meeting in McGahn's office.

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.

Yates explained what should have been self-evident: Not only were Pence and the American public entitled to know the truth, but the Russians also knew that Flynn had lied to the vice president - so the Russians had the goods on him. Separately, two US officials told NBC News that the Defense Intelligence Agency didn't know Flynn had been paid almost $34,000 by a Russian state media outlet when it renewed his security clearance in April 2016.

Why did it matter to the Justice Department if Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence?

Did Flynn break any laws and, if so, will he face criminal charges?

Would taking action against Flynn immediately interfere with the FBI's investigation? And could he see the evidence?

This defense came amid multiple questions over why there was an 18-day gap between the time Yates first notified the White House Counsel that Flynn could have been compromised over conflicting summaries of his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S Sergey Kislyak.

At just 24 days, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had the shortest tenure as White House National Security Adviser of anyone to ever hold that post. President Trump can be forgiven for ignoring her warning.

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That's an assessment that's looking increasingly detached from United States intelligence officials. There was plenty of evidence about Flynn long before Yates's briefings, indeed Flynn's questionable relationships had been in the news for a year, even as Flynn was one of the most omnipresent Trump supporters, frequently at Trump's side during the campaign.

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Clapper confirmed, though, that European officials had shared information on Russian links to Trump's associates. These sanctions were punishment for alleged Russian meddling in the election to try to help Trump win.

The Senate now in the middle of an investigation into the potential ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian operatives, so to add extra emphasis to his claims that there was no collusion, the president temporarily changed his Twitter header image to one of his tweets about the case. Eighteen days went by between Yates expressing her concerns to the White House and Flynn being removed from the post.

The implication from both officials' testimonies was that there may, indeed, be evidence of collusion - this after months of the White House arguing that Clapper was clear there is no evidence. He says he has no ties to Russian Federation, but the investigations are expected to last into next year. Yates was looking at the update when she made her decision to oppose Trump's ban. So I want to get to the bottom line of who did that. Yates refused to answer the question. She rebutted him by pointing to a later court ruling that supported her argument that she had a greater duty to protect against discrimination and uphold the Constitution.

Dana Bash, CNN's chief political correspondent, added: "I think that we have all been kind of desensitised, in some way, to his tweets and to his statements that are so out of the norm". After Attorney General Loretta Lynch stepped down, Yates took over the job on January 20 - Inauguration Day.

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