Investigators looking into the partnership between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to sway the 2016 election expect to learn a lot from Sally Yates. After all, she was the Attorney General under Obama who first noticed General Michael Flynn’s odd behavior.
But during testimony today, Yates unceremoniously threw the Trump administration under the bus. Her language was plain and clear: Officials in the Trump White House were fully informed that Flynn’s statements to Vice President Mike Pence — statements Trump later used to justify firing Flynn — were untrue, weeks before they did anything about it. Telling investigators about a direct conversation with White House lawyers, she said:
We told them how we had this information, how we acquired it, how we knew it to be untrue.
Not only that, she told investigators, but Russia knew as well.
We weren’t the only ones who knew all of this. The Russians also knew what Gen. Flynn had done.
In fact, the very reason she went directly to the new administration to tell them is because she feared Russia could use that knowledge to blackmail General Flynn at some point down the road. Yates says she didn’t just inform Trump’s attorney, Don McGahn, of the untrue statements. She “walked him through” the underlying behavior of General Flynn at the time leading up to his lies.
“The Russians likely had proof”
Despite being somewhat derailed by Republican questioners’ insistence on focusing on who leaked what and when, Yates stayed on point:
We told him we felt like the Vice President and others were entitled to know that the information that they were conveying to the American people wasn’t true…Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof.
Closing out her statement to Senator Lindsey Graham, she said:
We told them that we were giving them all of this information so that they could take action.
But in spite of the information given to his attorney by the outgoing Attorney General, Trump did not take action until weeks later. That turned the danger of General Flynn being blackmailed into a danger of it happening a little higher up the food chain.
Watch Sally Yates’ testimony here:
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