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Sally Yates, who was an acting U.S. attorney early in 2017, said she warned President Donald Trump’s White House about former security adviser Michael Flynn, Reuters reports. As the news agency reports, Yates, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama’s administration, feared Moscow could blackmail Flynn, because he was not being truthful about talks he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
Yates said to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing she was concerned “the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians.”
“Logic would tell you that you don’t want the national security adviser to be in a position where the Russians have leverage over him,” she said, as Reuters report. A retired general was in the focus about reported Russian meddling in 2016 presidential election in the United States.
The U.S. President Trump fired Flynn two weeks after information he failed to disclose content of talks with Russian ambassador, and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversation. According to Reuters, the Democratic president warned then president-elect Trump about Flynn soon after Republican-surprise election in information firstly reported by NBC News.