Flynn lied to Pence in early January, and the VP-elect parroted that lie - that Flynn did not discuss the sanctions - in an interview on January 15.
Yates was cool, sharp and totally credible for an entire afternoon of often hostile grilling by Republican senators who are buying Trump's view that the so-called Russian scandal is a hoax and the only crimes that have been committed are by those who leaked classified materials which make him look bad.
"Absolutely not. I did not and I would not leak classified information", she said.
I asked, "You didn't just text, "Heads up, your N.S.A. might be a spy"?" As Cooper put it, it was the "underlying behavior" by Flynn and "the potential for compromises", which Yates agreed with.
But the NSA routinely bugs the Russian embassy in Washington and Yates, as acting attorney general, knew from intelligence agency transcripts that Flynn was lying. I hope not, but it's too soon to know. Several federal courts eventually blocked the ban (and its revised follow-up) from being enforced and Yates herself also instructed the Department of Justice not to defend the ban, citing its unconstitutionality.
YATES: There have been a number of tweets that have given me pause.
"Well sure, I was concerned about it", Yates said.
Cooper: Do you think Michael Flynn should have been fired?
Trump claims 'absolute right' to share info with Russia
Codeword: Adds a second level of clearance to Top Secret, so that only those cleared with the codeword can see it. McMaster called the report "false" last night, while Trump defended himself on Twitter, saying he shared "facts".