White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing, May 9, 2017, at the White House in Washington. The following day, McGahn asked Yates to come back for another meeting.
But here are four reasons why the entire Russian Federation story - as it relates to the 2016 election, to former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and to any allegations of collusion - isn't fake news.
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The only discrepancy in their stories is the White House's claim that it took seven days for the materials to be made available, dragging out their internal investigation.
"We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done", she said.
Pence's errant remarks prompted Yates to contact White House counsel Donald McGahn.
In the hearing, former CIA Director James Clapper and Yates were questioned about evidence of possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation.
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Democrats criticize Trump for not firing Flynn until February 13 - the day the Washington Post published a story that reported that, contrary to Pence's assertion, Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak.
Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite leaders of the USA intelligence community concluding that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling.
Asked why Trump continues to defend Flynn after giving him the hook, Spicer said the retired lieutenant general served the USA honorably for more than 30 years and was asked for his resignation because he "misinformed" Pence, but beyond that he had an honorable career, served with distinction and Trump did "not want to smear a good man".
Also Tuesday, Spicer said Trump was cooperating with a request by Sen. We saw last week in France a country united against the threat of Russian interference in their elections-that's what we should be seeing here at home.
"That created a compromise situation, where the national security adviser could essentially be blackmailed by the Russians", she said.
She testified to that effect on Monday, and Spicer said Tuesday that the White House basically agrees with what she said.
"He has no connections to Russian Federation, so he welcomes that", Spicer said. The president made, ultimately, the right decision... And never mind that Yates served under both Democratic and Republican presidents, and never mind that she didn't find out about the Muslim ban until long after she had reported on Flynn, and never mind that the ban itself wasn't even announced until long after she had reported on Flynn.