Sally Yates Testifies Before Congress, Reveals Timeline of Flynn Firing

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

"This was a serious compromise situation", Yates told Cooper. But she indicated during her testimony last week that Flynn's potential criminal activity may have occurred in an interview he had with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 24 about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

"I think that this was a serious compromise situation, that the Russians had real leverage", she told CNN.

Flynn's transition from longtime campaign surrogate to National Security Adviser was short-lived.

She stopped short of saying if President Trump should have fired Flynn, who was eventually fired 18 days after Yates had informed the administration about what she knew about the general's Russian ties.

"There was nothing casual about this", Yates said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, reacting to White House press secretary Sean Spicer's assertion that her warning about Flynn's interactions with Russian representatives was a "heads up". But Comey's dismissal wasn't the first time that President Donald Trump revived his old reality show tagline - "you're fired!" - in his new role.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates may be riding the wave of her newfound notoriety all the way into elected office. Later that day, at the White House, she warned McGahn that White House officials were making statements "that we knew not to be the truth".

When Cooper pressed about Trump's belief that she leaked the information, he asked how she felt about that. "We expected them to act".

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 told The New Yorker that Flynn's name appeared, unredacted, in intelligence reports regarding his discussions with the ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

"Absolutely not", said Yates when asked if she leaked the information or had authorized someone to leak the information.

"I oftentimes would get intel reports that included the name of the USA person", Yates said.

People close to Flynn told Fox News they could not speak to Trump's private conversation.

I asked, "You didn't just text, "Heads-up, your N.S.A. might be a spy"?"
Only after the news of his false statements broke publicly did he lose his job February 13.

"I think that this was a serious compromise situation", said Yates of Flynn's Russian Federation connections. "I just didn't have any way of knowing what was going on at that point".

YATES: I don't know how the White House reached the conclusion that there was no legal issue. Does that - when you heard that, what did you think?

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