Sally Yates Suggests Michael Flynn Broke The Law

18 May, 2017, 10:48 | Author: Cecelia Webb
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Yates famously warned the Trump administration that Gen. Michael Flynn had been compromised by the Russians 18 days before Flynn was finally fired as National Security Adviser.

"This was a serious compromise situation".

On March 31, Flynn, via his lawyer, requested immunity as a condition for speaking with members of Congress as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Yates also disputed the White House's claims that Flynn was sacked due to trust issues and not because of legal concerns.

The former acting attorney general also noted that the White House was being misleading when they say that Don McGahn didn't get full access to the Flynn information until February 2.

Yates - whose full interview airs Tuesday night - warned the White House 17 days before Flynn was sacked that his ties to Russian Federation could put him in a compromising position.

"There's certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by his conduct", she added. She said she stopped short of recommending that Trump should fire him.

"I don't know how the White House reached the conclusion that there was no legal issue".

"Those didn't say that the goal was to prevent African-Americans from voting", she said in The New Yorker interview.

Cooper asked: "Do you want to elaborate on that?"

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.

Yates also denies that she was behind the leaking of a story to The Washington Post about Flynn's calls with Kislyak, which led to his dismissal.

"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?

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