Sally Yates Testimony Blows Trump Russia Scandal Wide Open

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

"The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?" he asked.

The February resignation followed media reports that Flynn had discussed US -imposed sanctions on Russian Federation with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period, which was contrary to the public representations of the White House.

When asked during the hearing whether Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his contact with the ambassador, Yates said, "that's certainly how it appeared, yes".

"The Russians also knew about what Gen. Flynn had done, and the Russians also knew that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others", Yates said.

This is risky business that the first choice for National Security Advisor turned out to be a liar in the White House.

However, it took 18 days from the second meeting - and only after the news was leaked and published by the Washington Post - for the White House to fire Flynn.

It's astounding that if Trump had all these signals flashing about Flynn, he appointed him to one of the most sensitive spots in the USA government - and left him there for almost three weeks even as some of his own advisers became concerned.

Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump.

After Monday's hearing, Trump took to Twitter to bash the media and deny any collusion. "Why doesn't the media report on this?" he asked. In a telephone conversation shortly before the announcement - monitored by USA intelligence as part of regular surveillance of Kislyak - Flynn discussed the measures and suggested the possibility of sanctions relief once Trump was president.

Yates, who has been generally mum about her political views, earned bipartisan praise two years ago when she was easily confirmed by the Senate as deputy attorney general of the United States. Graham told them he intends to find out. "And they both definitively said yes, it is". "I don't know what the Federal Bureau of Investigation knows".

"She clearly got the best of him in explaining what happened the day that she was basically fired from the Justice Department", Klobuchar told the program.

Spicer said Trump "welcomes" any inquiries into his business ties to Russian Federation because he "has no connections" there.

"I will be asking the question that is are really on the minds of Americans", Democratic committee member Senator Richard Blumenthal said today ahead of the hearing.

This double corroboration that Trump knew about Flynn is a huge part of holding Trump directly responsible for his decision to hire and keep Flynn, and it's also damning in terms of the entire Russian collusion narrative (not yet proven, only being investigated) swirling around Trump's entire campaign and top level advisers. Monday's hearing further pumped the bellows.

On Jan. 30, Trump fired Yates from the DOJ after she refused to defend his executive order prohibiting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. He says he has no ties to Russian Federation, but the investigations are expected to last into next year.

Yates said she could not answer the question because it "would require me to reveal classified information". "I think the president dealt with it".

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