Despite Hubbub Over Michael Flynn, Clapper Says No Collusion with Russian Federation

Ebony Scott
May 10, 2017

He wrote: "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel".

An Obama official who warned the White House about contacts between President Donald Trump's first national security adviser and Russian Federation is set to speak publicly about her worries.

Responding to a question over whether Obama voiced concerns over Trump's choice of Flynn for his national security adviser, Spicer said he would not disclose the details of the meeting. Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper also is testifying. Maddow said. "Why are they lying about this stuff?"

But the tweet Trump sent, and then highlighted in his banner, put words in Clapper's mouth that Clapper never said - that "no evidence" exists of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Also Monday, three former Obama administration officials said President Barack Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn during an Oval Office meeting shortly after the November election.

The hearing brought the issue of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian officials back into the public eye. Mr Flynn had been fired by the Obama administration in 2014.

Meanwhile, President Trump blasted the hearing, saying there was nothing new.

Yates filled in new details of the events of January 26, describing contacting McGahn in the morning and telling him she had something sensitive to discuss in person.

With Democrats providing on-topic questions, it became obvious that far from the casual "heads up" on the matter that the Trump regime had indicated, Yates and the Justice Department had provided a thorough and extensive briefing both on then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's activities regarding Russian Federation and the conflict between what Flynn had actually done and what was being said in public.

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"We had known before (Monday) that whatever happened with Mike Flynn, the White House has been telling a story about him that does not add up or make sense", Maddow said.

Not surprisingly, the notion of fake news had a presence in Trump's tweets.

Trump ultimately tapped Flynn as national security adviser, but fired him after less than a month.

At the White House counsel's request, Yates had arranged for him to see the evidence against Flynn on Monday, Jan. 30.

Trump repeatedly has said he has no ties to Russia and isn't aware of any involvement by his aides in any Russian interference in the election.

Yates was sacked by Trump one day after it came out that she had refused to defend his travel ban and four days after she first alerted McGahn about Flynn.

Nonetheless, the dossier served as a basis for a surveillance warrant against former Trump foreign policy campaign adviser Carter Page, according to CNN. The order was eventually blocked by a USA appeals court, which ruled that it was unconstitutional.

What Trump elided is that Clapper made clear that the FBI could have been conducting an investigation into Trump and Russian Federation without his knowledge.

Probes by several congressional committees into Russian election meddling have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House.

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