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18 May 2017, 09:38 | Gerardo Harmon
This is the most WTF week in Washington in a long time
Sally Yates, the fired acting attorney general, said in an interview Tuesday night that "there was nothing casual" about the warnings she gave to the Trump administration about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, NBC News reported.
Yates: I think this was serious compromise situation, that the Russians had real leverage. She added "the Russians had real leverage" against the president's top adviser.
"I don't know if I used the word 'emergency", Yatestold CNN.
Yates expressed surprise that Flynn had continued as national security adviser for so long.
Questioned whether Flynn's behavior rose to a fireable level, Yates said there was "certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by his conduct". She said she stopped short of recommending that Trump should fire him.
The former acting attorney general Sally Yates appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is now investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
YATES: We expected the White House to act.
Asked if there was "urgency to the information", she said, "Yes".
Ultimately, she told Cooper, she has no regrets about her decisions during her tenure as acting attorney general.
People close to Flynn told Fox News they could not speak to Trump's private conversation.
Yates's testimony, along with a separate revelation Monday that President Barack Obama had warned Trump not to hire Flynn, offered a more complete public account of Flynn's stunning fall from one of the nation's most important security posts.
I asked, "You didn't just text, "Heads-up, your N.S.A. might be a spy"?"
Sources told ABC News that Flynn called Pence three days before his resignation to apologize for misleading him about his conversation with the ambassador. "I just didn't have any way of knowing what was going on at that point". White House press secretary Sean Spicer had said in a press conference that the White House couldn't conduct a full review of the situation until Feb 2. As she was pelted with insolent, outrageous lines of questioning from men of the GOP, Yates never appeared unsure, and she ran circles around even the most aggressive opponent.
When asked what she thought about implications made in the President's tweet, Yates responded: "There have been a number of tweets that have given me pause".
Cooper: Do you think Michael Flynn should have been fired?
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