President Trump: "Russia-Trump Collusion Story is a Total Hoax"

Lawrence Kim
May 14, 2017

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was due before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, where she spoke about her warnings to the White House about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

"This man has served for many years".

Before assuming office, Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador in Washington the possibility of relaxing US sanctions, according to leaked media reports of intelligence intercepts, but there is no official version of what transpired in those conversations.

Yates testified she and a senior official in the national security division at the Justice Department met with McGahn, the top White House lawyer, on two consecutive days a week after the inauguration at the White House to discuss statements by Flynn and others "that we knew not to be the truth".

"I think the process worked, frankly, when you think of the time in which we had the information", Spicer said during the press briefing.

The Jan. 26 conversation took place two days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn about those contacts.

She was sacked four days later by the Trump administration. The White House, Spicer explained, was skeptical of Yates because she was "not exactly a supporter of the president".

Obama warned Trump, then president-elect, not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Flynn, a former Obama aide said.

"The Russians also knew what Gen. Flynn had done", she said.

"Yeah, but, everything plays into it", Trump said.

The Obama-Trump discussion was first reported Monday by NBC-TV.

On Tuesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was required to answer multiple questions about ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the nature of his hiring by Donald Trump's administration. Why? Trump's now galling attempt to pawn off his decision to elevate Flynn on the fact that Obama, who fired him, had granted him a security clearance.

Why would Trump listen to any "advice" the Obama administration had to offer? In response to questions, she denied leaking any classified information about the case to the news media.

The first warning came from President Obama to President-elect Donald Trump on November 10, that is, 48 hours from his election and during their first meeting.

Mr Trump hit back by dismissing suggestions that his team colluded with Russian Federation as a "hoax", and calling the congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the United States election a taxpayer- funded "charade".

The key takeaways from the very partisan hearings were based around the timeline and intentions leading up to the controversial firing of former National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn, and the continued questions about the Trump campaign's connections to Russian Federation. Was he still fulfilling his normal national security adviser duties?

Marshall Billingslea, a former Pentagon and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official, wanted the information for Flynn, his boss. The Russians knew that Flynn "lied"?

Flynn, a retired general once seen as a potential Trump vice president, has emerged as a central figure in the Russian probes.

Yates herself, a longtime federal prosecutor, was sacked by Trump on January 30 after refusing to defend his travel ban. She had been scheduled to appear in March before the House intelligence committee, but that hearing was canceled.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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