Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

The Associated Press reported last week that one sign taken as a warning by Obama officials about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak was a request by a member of Trump's own transition team made to national security officials in the Obama White House for the classified Central Intelligence Agency profile of Kislyak.

He also said that Yates' assertions about Flynn weren't clear the first time she came to the White House.

Yates described her account of discussions made with White House counsel where she warned that Flynn had been misleading the administration about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Now, why was Yates surprised?

Press Secretary Sean Spicer also alleged that the former acting attorney general, who is from Atlanta, is an anti-Trump partisan.

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 U.S. intelligence. Yates had presented evidence that Flynn had lied to his superiors, and yet somehow he remained on the job for another 18 days. "She explained to McGahn the reasons why the DOJ was informing the White House of this - Flynn's conduct was 'problematic in and of itself, ' they believed Pence was entitled to know the information about Flynn he was spreading 'wasn't true, ' and that the American people had been misled about Flynn's actions..."

After the hearing Monday, Trump tweeted: "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

She did not have the documents with her and said she'd follow up with the White House's lawyer.

Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday that she warned the White House about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak so that the Trump administration "could take action" amid concerns Flynn could have been subject to blackmail. That's because the White House wanted to make sure "we were doing the right thing".

"I think if you flip this scenario and say, 'What if we had just dismissed somebody because a political opponent of the President had made an utterance?' You would argue that it was pretty irrational to act in that manner", Spicer said in his daily briefing. Ted Cruz when he asked her about the legality behind her decision to refuse defending President Donald Trump's initial travel ban, Sen. Trump asked for Flynn's resignation and he received it. Trump can not go back and ask Flynn for his resignation a second time. Trump has called it "a witch hunt" by the media and the Democrats, and even encouraged Flynn to seek immunity in exchange for his testimony.

SPICER: Hold on. No. Caitlyn (ph), let me answer the question.

But here are four reasons why the entire Russian Federation story - as it relates to the 2016 election, to former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and to any allegations of collusion - isn't fake news. It was nominally about Russian interference in the 2016 election, including concerns that the Russian government could have compromised Flynn - concerns Yates raised with McGahn during Trump's first week in office. The following day, McGahn asked Yates to come back for another meeting.

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