Obama's Russia Ambassador Doubts Sally Yates' Blackmail Claim About Michael Flynn

Obama's Russia Ambassador Doubts Sally Yates' Blackmail Claim About Michael Flynn

Former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House about the blackmail risk posed by the appointment of Michael Flynn as President Trump's security adviser. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. Mr Flynn had been fired by the Obama administration in 2014.

"There are so many different links between Trump folks and the Russians that it's hard to believe that nothing took place".

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives for a White House senior staff swearing in ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Washington.

She said she was concerned about repeated statements from Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials incorrectly stating that Flynn had not been in touch with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, when routine intercepts had shown the two men had spoken.

The White House also confirmed that former president Barack Obama advised Trump against hiring Flynn, less than 48 hours after the November 2016 election. Obama himself told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which by then had been investigating Trump associates' possible ties to Russian Federation for about six months, seemed particularly focused on Flynn.

The former Obama administration officials requested anonymity in order to disclose the private conversation between the current and former president.

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Trump has repeatedly downplayed his team's links to Russian Federation, but instead has launched attacks on the intelligence community for leaking the information to the media.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates - an Obama appointee who was sacked by Mr. Trump after she refused to defend an executive order that barred travel from several Muslim majority countries - told the committee that she had warned the White House that former National Security Advisor (NSA) Michael Flynn may have been compromised by Russian Federation.

Yates detailed her own warnings to the Trump White House about Flynn, including meetings with the White House counsel in which she said that discrepancies over Flynn's contacts with the Russian envoy left him vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow. White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealing this afternoon that the White House did not know how to take the warning from then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates because they did not think she was a Trump supporter.

Before she could present further evidence, the Obama Administration holdover was sacked by the President for refusing to defend his travel ban - while Flynn stayed on as National Security Adviser for another two and a half weeks. In the first meeting, Spicer said, Yates told the White House there were materials relating to the matter that Spicer said that the White House didn't obtain until February 2.

Meanwhile, President Trump blasted the hearing, saying there was nothing new.

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