When the U.S. Senate Met Sally Yates

The Background 

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who got fired after she criticized Trump’s first travel ban, testified in front of a Senate subcommittee yesterday. The committee is looking into the infamous Russian connection and the allegations against Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who’s been accused of hiding discussions he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yates confirmed that she warned the White House in January that Flynn could be “essentially blackmailed by the Russians” and that she believed he was “compromised with respect to the Russians.” When asked directly if she had any information implicating members of the Trump administration or campaign, Yates said she couldn’t answer because it would force her to reveal “classified information.” (That kind of sounds like a yes to us.) New York Times

Why You Should Care

We’re still trying to get to the bottom of the whole did-they-didn’t-they thing, and Yates’s testimony is just another arrow that points towards guilty. While she can’t get into the nitty-gritty of all she knows during a public hearing (there’s that whole classified information part that kind of gets in the way), the fact that she didn’t say no when the committee asked about the Trump campaign’s involvement is a very big, bright red flag.

The Gist

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates says she warned the White House that Michael Flynn was a blackmail risk and they ignored her, and that she might be able to implicate members of Trump’s campaign.

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