Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

"We were giving them all this information so that they could take action".

"I told them again that there were a number of press accounts of statements that had been made by the vice president and other high-ranking White House officials about General Flynn's conduct that we knew to be untrue", Yates said. Spicer also said the reason Yates was asked to return to the White House the day after she met with its counsel is because she had done an inadequate job in that first meeting.

Was it incompetence or is it, as Senator Al Franken suggested, because firing Flynn risked exposing the fact that other Trump aides had lied about their contacts with Russian officials - including Attorney General Jeff Sessions? What criminal statutes did Flynn potentially violate?

FBI Director James Comey has given no timeline for the investigation.

December 29, 2016: Flynn speaks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak the same day the Obama administration announces sanctions on Russia over its alleged hacking of Clinton's campaign.

"To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised by the Russians", Yates told the Senate intelligence committee, which is examining Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. Sally Yates' testimony cut right through the administration's deceitful spin and helped make clear just how relentlessly dishonest and dangerously irresponsible the Trump White House is. Law enforcement, congressional and intelligence officials have called that allegation untrue. He testified that he was not privy to any evidence about collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. However, ranking Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse indicated to her that the invitation was made without his agreement, as he believed her presence was not relevant to the topic of the hearing, according to the source.

Both Yates and Clapper said no.

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"You could rationalize that it helps the Russians by obfuscating who was actually responsible", Clapper said.

"The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?" fumed one post, while in a second the president targeted Yates - claiming she had "said nothing but old news!" after earlier assailing her for allegedly leaking classified information.

USA intelligence agencies have been blunt in their assessment that the hacks of Democratic email accounts were meant to benefit Republican Trump and harm Clinton.

Rep. Devin Nunes had canceled an earlier March hearing where Yates was scheduled to appear before a House committee investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.

Yates will be speaking publicly for the first time on what she knew of Russia's interference in the November election, a scandal that has dogged the Republican president from the start of his four-year term.

Her intervention provoked an awkward new question that the White House will now have to answer.

Yates was grilled by Republicans about whether she was the media's secret source.

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And Texas GOP Sen. Yates testified Monday she learned of the travel ban by reading about it in the news media.

She didn't hear back from him until that afternoon.

The main investigations are being conducted by congressional Intelligence Committees, although Democrats have clamored for a special prosecutor or independent committee.

Ms Yates, who was sacked on Jan 30 after defying Mr Trump over his contested travel ban, did not say what Mr Flynn discussed with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a number of phone calls made in December 2016 which were secretly monitored by U.S. intelligence.

Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shortly beforehand, at the White House and without counsel present, she recalled.

The White House later fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials.

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