Donald Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia

Donald Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia

Monday's testimony came as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, which Trump won over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He had lied to the Vice President Mike Pence about the content of his conversations with the Russian ambassador, and the Russians knew he had lied. "That created. A situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".

Mr Trump hit back by dismissing suggestions that his team colluded with Russian Federation as a "hoax", and calling the congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the United States election a taxpayer- funded "charade". That's a question that was asked of Yates not only by the White House's top lawyer when they met, but also at Monday's hearing by Sen.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified to great praise yesterday, but Sean Spicer was dismissive and unimpressed today during his press briefing at the White House. Would DOJ pursue a criminal case?

Mr McGuan also requested to see the underlying evidence, Ms Yates said, but added that she did not know if the Justice Department followed up with this request.

And why should the Justice Department care if one White House official is telling untruths to another?

"They are attuned, it seems, more to defending the president than to taking care of national security business in an appropriate way", Whitehouse, the ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, said in an interview with CNN.

"Why wouldn't you a fire a guy who did this?"

Mr Flynn's name came up during a broader discussion about personnel issues, the former administration officials said. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

Separately Monday, former Obama officials said that Obama had raised general concerns about Flynn with Trump and had told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post.

The White House also confirmed that former president Barack Obama advised Trump against hiring Flynn, less than 48 hours after the November 2016 election.

The Trump White House, alas, takes a different view. Trump's White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in response Monday that if Obama "was seriously concerned" about Flynn's connections to Russian Federation or other foreign countries, he should have withheld Flynn's security clearance. Mr Obama had cautioned against Mr Flynn, whom he fired in 2014 as head of the Defence Intelligence Agency because of his poor record in administration and personnel management.

To put it simply, Trump treats Twitter like a personal blog, sharing his opinion - sometimes rather aggressively - about everything, seemingly unconcerned he is the leader of the free world and everyone is privy to all the cringeworthy and misspelled statements he posts.

The Mother Jones response will summarize where Trump's opponents stand: "The conclusion from Yates' testimony was clear: Trump didn't dump Flynn until the Kislyak matter became a public scandal and embarrassment". "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council", he tweeted Monday, before correcting the spelling of "counsel".

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