NORTHRIDGE, CA — Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in Washington D.C. today regarding her January warning to the White House about Michael Flynn.
Flynn resigned from his position as national security advisor on February 13th of this year after it was discovered that he lied to Vice President Pence about his communication with Russian officials.
Yates testified that the White House issued press releases about Flynn that were false, which put him at risk of being compromised.
Yates then had a conversation with White House Counsel Don McGahn on January 26th to warn him of Flynn’s lies and Russia’s potential to subsequently blackmail the National Security Advisor.
“We believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates said.
She declined to provide further details of the conversation, citing classified information, but did highlight the issue with Flynn outside of his lies to Pence.
“The underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself,” said Yates.
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Obama also warned Trump, during their first meeting just two days after the election, against hiring Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, according to Obama administration officials.
Obama had fired Flynn as the director of Defense Intelligence before he went on to work for Trump’s presidential campaign.
By Shelby Charlene
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