Sally Yates to contradict White House statements on Mike Flynn

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Former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder with former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates at the Carter Center in Atlanta in February. Henry Taylor, henry.taylor@ajc.com

Sally Yates, the former U.S. attorney in Atlanta and former acting U.S. attorney general, is set to testify Monday before the U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham-led subcommittee. CNN has picked up some info as to what she’s likely to say:

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is prepared to testify before a Senate panel next week that she gave a forceful warning to the White House regarding then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn nearly three weeks before he was fired, contradicting the administration’s version of events…

In a private meeting January 26, Yates told White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was lying when he denied in public and private that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia in conversations with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak. Flynn’s misleading comments, Yates said, made him potentially vulnerable to being compromised by Russia, according to sources familiar with her version of events. She expressed “serious concerns” to McGahn, making it clear — without making a recommendation — that Flynn could be fired.

 




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