(NBC News) Former Acting U.S. Attorney General testified before a Senate committee Monday that she twice warned the White House that then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had engaged in “problematic” conduct with Russia and was could be “blackmailed”.
Yates said she first informed the White House after Flynn misled Vice President Mike Flynn about his contact with Russian officials.
“Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information, and that created a compromise situation, a situation where the National security adviser, essentially, could be blackmailed by the Russians,” Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Following that conversation, it took more than two weeks for President Trump to demand Flynn’s resignation.
It was also reported Monday that President Obama warned Mr. Trump about Flynn less than 48 hours after the November election when the two men met in the Oval Office.
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