White House alerted about Flynn's blackmail risk: Ex

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill

In a second tweet, Trump said Yates should be asked under oath "if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers" soon after she raised concerns about Flynn with White House counsel Don McGahn on January 26.

When Clapper and Yates said they had seen Trump mentioned in unmasked intercepts, the President took this as evidence for his baseless claim that former President Obama wiretapped him.

Reporting based on leaks of US surveillance revealed in February that Flynn misled Vice President Pence about the contents of a December phone call to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyac - an account Pence was then repeating to the American people.

The February resignation followed media reports that Flynn had discussed USA -imposed sanctions on Russian Federation with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period, which was contrary to the public representations of the White House. He suggested Obama's views were shaped by Flynn's criticism of his national security policies. The person was not authorized to discuss the testimony by name and requested anonymity.

Counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance was not mincing words on Monday when it comes to the never-ending scandal connecting the Trump White House to Russian Federation.

Monday's revelation from Obama administration officials came hours before former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before a Senate panel investigating the Russian election interference.

Edouard Philippe appointed the new Prime Minister of France by Emmanuel Macron
Philippe is also relatively unknown to voters, fulfilling Macron's campaign promise to repopulate French politics with new faces. When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testify before the Senate on Monday.

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He opened the hearing with an implicit rebuke of President Donald Trump and his alternative explanations for the interference in the election.

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter.

Trump moved to distance himself from his former adviser's troubles Monday, tweeting that it was the Obama administration that gave Flynn "the highest security clearance" when he worked at the Pentagon. Trump has taken pains to diminish the investigations in the minds of citizens, often by insulting USA intelligence officials and lawmakers on social media and in public. Trump fired Flynn when news broke of his conversations with Russian Ambassador to Kislyak. Last week, The Associated Press reported that a transition aide asked Obama officials for a copy of the CIA's classified biography on Kislyak because the aide was concerned Flynn didn't fully understand the envoy's rumored tied to Russian intelligence.

Mr Trump has also dismissed the allegations, suggesting instead that Mr Obama might have wiretapped Trump Tower in NY or that China may have been behind the cyber attacks. He's also accused Obama officials of illegally leaking classified information about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak. Pence vouched for Flynn in television interviews, using information he's said came from the national security adviser.

Making her first public statements about the issue, Yates said she feared Moscow could try to blackmail Flynn because it also knew he had not been truthful about conversations he had with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak about US sanctions on Russian Federation. Flynn's conversations with Kislyak are believed to have been monitored as part of normal US intelligence collections on the communications of foreign officials.

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