Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

"To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised by the Russians", Yates told the Senate intelligence committee, which is examining Russian meddling in the 2016 us election.

"The onus is on the next generation to lead the party in the Trump era", said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama White House and campaign adviser. "They likely had proof of this information, and that created a compromise situation". Only after the news of his false statements broke publicly did he lose his job on February 13.

We learned two critically important facts Monday about the ongoing investigation into President Trump's connections to the Russian Federation government. "We're the Department of Justice". Patrick Leahy, Clapper said Trump may still be helping the Russians by denying their involvement. "If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning".

In the almost three weeks that passed between finding out Flynn misled the Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA and Flynn's resignation, Spicer said, there were no known restrictions to his access to information. Flynn denied that they had discussed USA sanctions, an assertion echoed by Vice President Mike Pence and the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer.

The second important piece of information Yates provided concerned her follow-up meeting with McGahn. Ted Cruz went to town on Yates, arguing that she may have broken the law by refusing to defend the order.

Mr. Clapper confirmed the role that British intelligence, along with other allies, played in sharing information they had with US intelligence officials regarding purported links between Russians and Trump associates.

When asked by McGahn if Flynn should be fired, Yates answered, "that really wasn't our call".

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It was not just a political concern, Yates replied.

She told a congressional hearing Monday that Flynn not only lied about whether he and Russia's ambassador to Washington had discussed the lifting of sanctions, but then misled the vice-president about it, causing Mike Pence to unwittingly parrot the lie.

Yates' warning about Flynn capped weeks of concern among top Obama officials, former officials told the AP. The White House job required a higher-level clearance, which he never obtained. Spicer wasn't quite so blunt, but it was clear that Obama's comments were at least somewhat dismissed as the complaints of a loser. Later that day, Yates traveled to the White House along with a senior member of the DOJ's National Security Division, who was overseeing the matter. He retired when Trump took office. He retroactively registered as a foreign lobbyist and failed to disclose Russian contacts, resurrecting questions about the administration's close ties to Russia.

The answer to that question may not come for a long time yet - not at least until the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian interference in last year's election and possible links to the Trump campaign wraps up.

Flynn was sacked from the DIA in 2014 for what officials familiar with the issue said was a disruptive management style that included instructing analysts to find intelligence substantiating improbable theories that some subordinates came to call "Flynn facts".

Separately Monday, former Obama officials said he had raised general concerns about Flynn with Trump and had told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post. Flynn takes over in July and, as part of his appointment, is given top-level security clearance. Spicer asked during his daily press briefing. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she still has "questions regarding Russia's relationships and connections with Trump advisers and associates".

But Trump stunned Obama advisers with his March 4 tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping his NY skyscraper during the election, an explosive allegation that has been denied by FBI Director James Comey and other national security officials.

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