Clapper says he wasn't aware of FBI Russia probe

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"The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer-funded charade end?" he fumed in one post, while in another, he targeted Ms Yates - claiming she had "said nothing but old news!" after earlier assailing her for allegedly leaking classified information.

He also said that Yates' assertions about Flynn weren't clear the first time she came to the White House. Reviewing the situation. They informed the president right away after they were informed of her giving us a heads up.

Testimonies of two key former officials before a Senate committee that is investigating alleged Russian interference in the USA presidential election previous year brought the issue into sharp focus again even as President Donald Trump termed the ongoing inquiry a "taxpayer-funded charade".

Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates was sacked by President Trump in January after she refused to enforce his travel ban.

Yates warned White House Counsel Donald McGahn that Flynn lied to Vice President Pence about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, later testifying that she expected the White House to "take action" because Flynn was "compromised" and potentially susceptible to blackmail, in the Justice Department's estimation.

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Just as it's becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump's White House is engaged in a widespread cover-up of the administration's troubling and scandalous ties to Russian Federation, the Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to Michael Flynn for Russia-related documents he has refused to hand over. "She was warning you that your national security information might be compromised by the Russians". Another theory argues that certain forces want to press Trump to give more concessions to his political opponents in exchange for relief from this scandal. However, those events happened days after her initial meeting with McGahn on January 26 and 27. Flynn resigned February 13 after being asked to step down. She was anxious because she suspected she was not the only one who knew that Flynn had lied.

Yates' view that Trump's order was unlawful and inconsistent with the principles of the Justice Department ultimately was upheld by three federal courts that blocked its enforcement; the Trump administration eventually withdrew it and replaced it with a more carefully drawn order that nevertheless also has been blocked by the federal courts.

His aides are engaging in real-time political combat with Mr Trump, including revealing on Monday that Mr Obama personally warned his successor against hiring embattled Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

The top Democrat and Republican on a House oversight committee have said Flynn likely broke federal law by failing to get approval from the US government to accept foreign payments and not disclosing them after accepting them.

The tweet appeared to be referencing Clapper's answer to a question from Sen.

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