Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Grand Jury Subpoenas Issued In FBI's Russia Investigation

The White House has also tried to publicly minimize the contributions either to the campaign or administration of some of the individuals whose names have surfaced as part of the investigation, such as Manafort and Flynn.

At the White House counsel's request, Yates had arranged for him to see the evidence against Flynn on January 30.

"I don't have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did", Yates said. Yates learned of Flynn's conversations through routine USA intercepts of Kislyak's calls.

Yates appeared once again in the face of the Trump administration when she testified at a Monday hearing created to explore any collusion between the Trump administration and Russian Federation.

Trump has charged a Washington, D.C. law firm to send a certified letter to Graham confirming the lack of ties, Spicer said. "We did what we were supposed to do".

Yates, who was appointed deputy attorney general by President Obama, was a senior Justice Department official during last year's campaign and did not endorse Clinton or take any public stance on the race. The core reasoning appears to be that she noted the unlawfulness of Trump's executive order, and accurately informed the White House "hey, this Mike Flynn guy, kind of a problem".

But here, too, Yates' correctness is borne by the president's actions. Pence vouched for Flynn in television interviews, using information he's said came from the national security adviser. "The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president".

"That created a compromised situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians". All Cruz's aggressive line of questioning did was show how right Yates had been about everything.

Congressional investigators also have accused Flynn of illegally accepting $45,000 from the state-sponsored Russian news network Russia Today to speak at a December 2015 event in Moscow, as well as a $500,000 contract in 2016 from the Turkish government for his lobbying firm's services.

Flynn was sacked by Trump after less than a month on the job.

Flynn resigned his national security adviser position in February after he admitted to misleading the administration about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.'s worrisome that he was still doing that when he was a potential target of Russian blackmail? I will say, as I mentioned, the time.

The subpoena for Flynn is one of the several negative developments this week for the retired lieutenant general. Both payments came after he was warned to not accept money from foreign government after retiring from the US military.

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