Donald Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday that she warned the White House about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak so that the Trump administration "could take action" amid concerns Flynn could have been subject to blackmail.

The subcommittee that held Monday's hearing is running one of multiple congressional probes into the Russian Federation interference, along with House and Senate intelligence panels. But it seems that the president of the most powerful country, Donald Trump, did not want to be left behind when it comes to social media embarrassments.

Stated in brief: Flynn spoke with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, last December.

Monday's testimony came as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, which Trump won over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Republicans asked a lot of questions about "unmasking" - the practice wherein intelligence officials request the identity of Americans subject to surveillance because they communicated with foreign subjects of USA intelligence spying. "They likely had proof of this information, and that created a compromise situation". Everyone spies. And everyone knows this.

Flynn had been pushed out by Obama in 2014 from his job as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA.

Yates was appointed for the transition period as a "neutral" administrator until President Donald Trump would appoint a successor. Pence went on TV and flatly asserted as much.

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She was joined in the meeting by a senior career official in the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, Yates also warned in her opening testimony that there were some issues she could not address publicly because they involved classified information. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. And it must not be forgotten.

Donald Trump has been accused of trying to intimidate a witness who was set to testify at a hearing about possible Russian interference in the USA election.

"The vice president and others were entitled to know that the information that they were conveying to the American people wasn't true", Yates said. "The president made ultimately the right decision". Did he perhaps report something that few have even considered? We'll look at the latest on the Russian Federation connection.

When pressed, Trump's top spokesman conjured only this in the way of evidence: He said it was "widely rumored" that Yates was a proponent of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and expected to have a major role in a Clinton administration.

Monday, as it turned out, was a big day for news about the short-timer.

Yates' comments came after former Obama officials revealed that the outgoing president himself firmly warned Trump against naming Flynn as national security advisor, just two days after the November 8 election.

Details of the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation have been coming out only in dribs and drabs.