Sally Yates to deliver testimony contradicting White House on Russia

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Donald Trump after she refused to enforce his controversial migration executive ordering, will give testimony to aSenate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday about Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Yates is expected to detail exchanges she had with the White House to warn the administration of former national protection advisor Michael Flynns questionable affiliation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak .

Flynn was forced to resign after it emerged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence, as well as other members of the Trump administration, over calls hed had with Kislyak in December 2016. During those telephone call, Flynn allegedly passed be ensured that the then-incoming administration would lift U.S. sanctions on Russia.

Yates claims to have told White House Counsel Don McGahn in January that she had serious concerns about Flynn, who was later dismissed in mid-February after the nature of those concerns ran public. Both White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer both claimed at the time that Yates informed on Flynn had amounted to nothing.

The president tweeted a deflection in the responsibilities this morning.

In 2012, former President obama had nominated Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He then resigned from the military forces in 2014, over his chaotic and aggressive managerial style. The Trump administration, however, would have been required to vet Flynn independently for its own position as national protection advisor.

Trump promptly followed that tweet with another, intimating that Yates may have illegally plunged classified information to the media.

Yates has also been invitedto finally testified before the House Intelligence Committeewhich is also delving into Russias involvement in the electionmore than a month after committees then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes( R-Calif .) canceled the hearing. Nunes, who was on Trumps transition team, has since stepped aside after inquiries grow as to his ability to reasonably lead the investigation.

The White House itself was reported to have been involved in the attempt to cube Yates witnes, when the Justice Department issued notes quoting Yates Flynn tells with governments could be protected by presidential communications privilege and therefore unusablewhich raised farther prospect as to what it may reveal.

The hearing is set to begin at 1.30 pm CT and can be watched via live creek here .

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