- During her appearance before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, Sally Yates was asked about her refusal to enforce President Trump's initial travel order while she was acting Attorney General. Mr Franken said, referring to why Mr Trump did not dismiss Mr Flynn for his misleading statements immediately.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File). Her testimony goes against with how the White House portrayed her "heads-up" of the potential conflict, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer described it. President Barack Obama warned Donald Tru.
On Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was sacked by Donald Trump for refusing to defend his original travel ban executive order, gave her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.
Yates did not say what Flynn had discussed with ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a number of December 2016 phone calls, which were secretly monitored by United States intelligence. Flynn had been an adviser to Trump and an outspoken supporter of his presidential candidacy in the 2016 campaign.
She told White House counsel Don McGahn on January 26, less than a week into Trump's presidency, that Flynn had not been telling the truth about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington.
Before assuming office, Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador in Washington the possibility of relaxing USA sanctions, according to leaked media reports of intelligence intercepts, but there is no official version of what transpired in those conversations. She declined to discuss the nature of that conduct, but press reports indicated that Flynn and the ambassador talked about US sanctions against Russian Federation.
Vice President Pence had initially said that Flynn and the ambassador did not discuss USA sanctions against Russian Federation, which turned out not to be true.
"To state the obvious", she added later, "you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians".
"I believe they are emboldened to now continue such activities, both here and around the world", Clapper said.
In an Oval Office meeting with Trump two days after the November election, Obama told his successor that there were more qualified candidates for the crucial White House post, according to one official.
Earlier in the day Trump shot off a series of pre-emptive Twitter strikes, accusing Obama of enabling Flynn, and assailing Yates for allegedly leaking classified information. She said she was not.
The president himself had earlier tweeted that it was Obama administration which had given Mr Flynn "the highest security clearance" when he worked at the Pentagon. And Yates was very clear about her intentions.
Spicer said that after the White House first viewed the evidence and materials on February 2, which were first flagged by Yates on January 26, there were various meetings and discussions that took place leading up to the request for Flynn's resignation on February 13.
In all, Yates said, she spoke to the White House counsel three times about the dangers of continuing to give Flynn sensitive secrets and power.