Sally Yates: I told White House Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail
Former acting attorney general testified to Senate commitee that the then national security adviser was susceptible to blackmail by Russia on 26 January. Trump then tried to shift blame onto the Obama administration.
It looks like President Donald Trump has no other option but to keep Russia in his mind. Because the Russian interference affair is here to stay.
On Monday, former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified before a Senate committee that she had warned the White House that former National Security advisor Michael Flynn was susceptible to Russian blackmail. Mr. Flynn held his job for 18 more days before he was forced by the Trump administration to resign.
Before a Senate judiciary subcommittee, Sally Yates on Monday publicly explained for the first time that she warned a White House adviser that Flynn had lied in telling Vice President Mike Pence that his conversations with the Russian ambassador did not touch on the issue of the sanctions imposed by former President Barack Obama, as reported in EFE.
Ahead of the hearing, President Trump tried to shift blame for the Flynn scandal onto the Obama administration, which had previously granted Flynn security clearance—but the New York Times, citing two sources next to Obama, confirmed that former President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn when they met in the Oval Office after the election.
Flynn said that he had spoken with the Russian ambassador about his vacations, but in reality he spoke with Kislyak about the sanctions imposed by Obama on Russian intelligence officials for the Kremlin's alleged interference in the presidential election won by Trump.
Russia denied interfering in any way in the election and Trump has rejected all accusations or suggestions about any coordination between his team and the Kremlin with an eye toward influencing the election.
On Monday, Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer admitted to the press that it was true that "President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of General Flynn's."
However, Spicer said that Obama's view on Flynn was no surprise given that General Flynn was an outspoken critic of President Obama's lack of strategy confronting Isis and other threats, as reported in the BBC.