Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Senior U.S. senator pushes Trump on Russia, French election

Former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. testified about all this Monday before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. "White House officials tell me Trump himself has clashed with McMaster in front of his staff". She anxious that one of the country's top officials was vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

"We wanted to tell the White House as quickly as possible", she said. Of how she went to the White House early this year to convey that President Trump's top national security adviser was lying about his Russian contacts, that the Russians knew it, that the adviser, General Michael Flynn, was open to blackmail. Mr. Flynn resigned as NSA on February 13.

Flynn's forced resignation followed media reports that he had discussed USA -imposed sanctions on Russian Federation with Ambassador Kislyak, which was contrary to the public representations of the Trump White House.

Anyways, as is always done whenever Trump's tweets provide something exploitable, users took a bevy of his old tweets and meme'ed them into the image.

This is something we had already heard in press accounts. On Monday, officials within the administration backtracked, saying that former President Obama did warn President Trump, but that Trump thought his predecessor was joking.

What about Yates' testimony on possible collusion?

- Matt Viser (@mviser) May 9, 2017Spicer won't detail why Trump kept Flynn on the job for 11 days between WH seeing Yates evidence & Flynn axing but "we did the right thing". That same day, Flynn called Ambassador Kislyak multiple times.

"We had become aware of Russian activity", he told the senate committee.

Months after his departure, disclosure forms released by the White House revealed that Flynn had also failed initially to disclose payments he received from Russian-linked firms.

At the heart of Monday's testimony were Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak. Flynn's conversations with Kislyak were picked up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during "routine surveillance" of the Russian ambassador, and she knew they had talked about sanctions.

On Tuesday, it was the turn of the National Security Agency's boss Admiral Michael Rogers, who was addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee to give an update on the United States Cyber Command.

Mr Obama also warned Mr Trump against hiring Mr Flynn to be part of his national security team when he met his successor in the Oval Office two days after the November election, two former Obama administration officials said on Monday.

"Up to this point, he's seemed to be a cooperative person of interest", Burr said.

He asked how likely it was that Flynn might be prosecuted. "And the president's comments on his concern for national security, yes, it's concerning", Spicer said during a press gaggle.

"We're told this as a matter of fact, but we're still not being shown any evidence". In short, McGahn could be expressing concern without taking any underlying action.

"You don't know if they took any steps to restrict his access to classified information?" Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) asked.

It was not just a political concern, Yates replied. Still, Democrats must be frustrated that they still have not made serious claims about Russian collusion with the White House. "I fear as if we've got this convergence, and it just headed to a very dark place". The question is what did they do about it, and when did they do it?

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".

The edited banner is no longer on Trump's page, but it's clear what the president was referring to. Why did Flynn get fired only after news broke that he had lied?

"Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man".

"That's right. That's what it looks like to me", Yates said. Her answer, both times: She was concerned that Flynn had been compromised and was open to being blackmailed by Russian Federation. It suggests, as Sen.

This means the Flynn scandal is far from over.

According to Spicer, Flynn was not removed from his duties immediately because of "an element of due process" after the White House "was informed of [Yates] giving us a heads up".

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