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Sally Yates’ Testimony Highlights the Big Question Many Still Want Answered

On Monday, in dramatic testimony, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her decision not to defend President Trump’s initial travel ban and about her meetings with the Trump administration warning them that Michael Flynn, then serving as Trump’s National Security Advisor, was lying about his contacts with Russian officials.

Yates explained that on January 26, just days after President Trump’s inauguration, she and a career Justice lawyer met urgently with White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to explain that Flynn was lying when he claimed he had not discussed the Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.

“We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the Vice President was unknowingly making false statements to the public, and because we believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates said. “To state the obvious: You don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.”

But that warning was not heeded. President Trump would keep Flynn on as National Security Advisor for another 18 days until he finally asked for and received Flynn’s resignation on February 13, only after Yates’s warning to McGahn came to light.

So the question remains, why did President Trump keep Flynn on as National Security Advisor so long after they were told he was compromised?

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  • Todd Beeton is a digital strategist living in New York City, specializing in the use of social media tools for digital storytelling. During the 2008 election, Todd blogged about the presidential election as a front page blogger and editor for MyDD.com, a national progressive political site. For the last several years, Todd was proud to serve as digital director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, directing her social media content and strategy over four election cycles.

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