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The firing reportedly came days after Comey requested additional money and staffing from the Department of Justice for the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, according to Sen.
Yates: Maybe? I just didn't have any way of knowing what was going on at that point.
Meantime, there is an important story to tell about an American patriot also victimized by Trump's effort to eliminate anyone he sees as a threat.
Following Sally Yates' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on how she warned White House counsel about then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation, the former deputy attorney general is revealing more. In and of itself, Flynn's actions were suspicious - he wasn't an official member of the government yet, and chatting with the Russian ambassador potentially violated a USA law that prevents citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. He had discussed sanctions.
Instead, Flynn remained in his high-ranking position and even was allowed to be on a call between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "But, doesn't seem like that's a person should be sitting in the national security adviser position".
Yates said in the interview that she told McGahn that the Department of Justice was concerned about this and that she was giving him this information so that the White House could act.
To this end, Sen.
In clips of an interview with Anderson Cooper that will air in full Tuesday night, Yates said she considered Flynn's connections to Russian Federation, and his misleading explanations to Vice President Pence and others, an urgent national security concern. She might have been resentful of the question. She did not directly say that Flynn broke the law.
Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, was sacked as acting attorney general at the end of January when she refused to defend the President's first attempt at a ban on travelers and refugees entering the USA from a number of Muslim-majority countries. And many Republicans quietly anxious that she would be hard to beat. That was evident as she skillfully fended off her critics, such as Sen. Whether he's fired or not is a decision for the President of the United States to make.
That careful answer seems to have set the tone for Yates, a public official known for choosing her comments on the Michael Flynn scandal very carefully.
"I recognize that I may have a voice that I didn't have before", she said in The New Yorker interview.
Nevertheless, she was sacked for her action. Obama had fired Flynn from a post as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Shortly after announcing that she would not defend the ban, President Trump fired Yates. In her testimony, she claimed she alerted the White House earlier this year that former national security adviser Michael Flynn could be "essentially blackmailed by the Russians".