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

Yates testifies she warned about Flynn


Obama had warned Trump, then president-elect, not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Flynn just after the Republican's surprise victory in the November 8 election, a former Obama aide said.

Trump ignored the warning. The former officials say Obama raised general concerns about Flynn with Trump and told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post.

Spicer attempted to frame Yates's warning as casual advice, but in fact, as Yates explained on Monday, her warning was clear and grave - Flynn had deceived the vice president, and, as a result, could be blackmailed by the Russians, who were likely aware of his deception. Yates said that in her meetings, McGahn "demonstrated that he understood this was serious".

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. "Logic would tell you you don't want the national security adviser to be in a position where the Russians have leverage over him". The most pressing one is why it took 18 days for Flynn to be let go, after the White House was told he was compromised.

A 27-year Justice Department prosecutor, she was sacked in January by Mr Trump after she refused to uphold the administration's travel ban.

Flynn's firing came later. In addition to the concern that Flynn was compromised, she said "we felt like the Vice President was entitled to know that the information he had been given, and that he was relaying to the American public, wasn't true". Flynn was turfed after reports of his dishonesty surfaced in The Washington Post. Republicans in Congress also are concerned that classified material about Trump associates, who were recorded having conversations with Russian officials, was improperly leaked to the news media and that the information was improperly disseminated throughout government agencies.

Other events unfolded outside the hearing.

Donald Trump and Barack Obama at their first meeting in the White House.

Flynn was sacked from the DIA in 2014 for what officials familiar with the issue said was a disruptive management style that included instructing analysts to find intelligence substantiating improbable theories that some subordinates came to call "Flynn facts". But Donald Trump and his administration continued to stand by Flynn.

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Fresh intelligence revealed that Flynn had lied about his contacts with the Russians - falsehoods that Vice President Mike Pence unwittingly repeated on TV.

Yates denied leaking classified material to the media.

The administration now contends Trump's efforts to halt immigration from six Muslim-majority countries are not a "Muslim ban". Bernie Sanders, his party's most prominent liberals, for his plans to receive $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

Pence said in January that Flynn denied those calls involved sanctions placed on Russian Federation by the Obama administration in response to its election meddling. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who led the transition in the days after the election, wanted Flynn to be slotted as director of national intelligence, a Cabinet-level job but one with narrower responsibilities. He replied: "I can't comment on that because that impacts an investigation".

USA intelligence agencies have been blunt in their assessment that the hacks of Democratic email accounts were meant to benefit Republican Trump and harm Clinton.

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