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Sally Yates will testify she warned White House about Michael Flynn’s connection to Russia

  • Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify before a Senate panel next week that she warned the White House that Michael Flynn could be compromised by Russian blackmail (CNN)
  • Yate’s testimony will be in direct conflict with President Donald Trump’s version of events. According to Business Insider, Trump previously claimed he was not aware that Flynn had discussed United States sanctions on Russia with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during his presidential transition.
  • Sources told CNN, Yates traveled to Washington for a private meeting on January 26, three weeks before Flynn’s resignation, with White House counsel Don McGahn and told him Flynn was lying about his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. 
  • Additionally, sources said, Yates expressed “serious concerns” to McGahn and suggested Flynn could be fired. Read more (5/2/17 9 PM)

Update: The White House will attack Sally Yates as a partisan hack — it won’t work

  • Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates will testify on Capitol Hill Monday. She is expected to tell a Senate committee about how she warned Trump’s White House about former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s contacts with a Russian diplomat before Trump chose to hire him.
  • Because her testimony is likely to be embarrassing for the Trump administration, the White House is expected to try and discredit Yates by painting her as a “Democratic operative who was out to get Trump,” according to a report from Axios.
  • It won’t be an easy attack to make stick. Yates has a long history as a respected career prosecutor who has been praised by Republican lawmakers. Read more (5/8/17)