Former Acting U.S. Attorney General claims Trump’s aide was subject to Russian blackmail

WASHINGTON (NBC) – Former Acting U.S. Attorney General testified before a Senate committee Monday that she twice warned the White House that then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had engaged in “problematic” conduct with Russia and was could be “blackmailed”.

Yates said she first informed the White House after Flynn misled Vice President Mike Flynn about his contact with Russian officials.

“Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information, and that created a compromise situation, a situation where the National security adviser, essentially, could be blackmailed by the Russians,” Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Following that conversation, it took more than two weeks for President Trump to demand Flynn’s resignation.

It was also reported Monday that President Obama warned Mr. Trump about Flynn less than 48 hours after the November election when the two men met in the Oval Office.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – An Obama official who warned the White House about contacts between President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and Russia is set to speak publicly about her worries.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is testifying Monday before a Senate subcommittee investigating Russian interference in the election. Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper also is testifying.

Yates is expected to illuminate what led to the ouster of Michael Flynn. His resignation followed reports that Flynn discussed Russia sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, contrary to White House statements.

A person familiar with Yates’ plans says she is likely to testify she expressed alarm about discrepancies between the statements and what occurred. Trump officials have said Yates merely gave a “heads-up.”

The person was not authorized to discuss the testimony by name.

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