After Yates, more questions for the Trump White House

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He told reporters Yates was "not exactly a supporter of the president's agenda", an apparent reference to her firing over ordering the Justice Department to not defend Trump's initial executive order banning individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

On January 26, Sally Yates, then acting attorney general, met with White House Counsel Donald McGahn to warn him that Flynn could be compromised by the Russians.

The White House didn't care that Trump's national security adviser was compromised by the Russians. Lindsey Graham's intimation after the hearing that he would be interested in digging further into Trump's business ties to Russian Federation, an issue that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he could not discuss at Monday's hearing "because that impacts an investigation". These untruths, she warned, could potentially open the National Security Adviser up to blackmail by the Russian government.

But Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT deliberately raised the question of Flynn's possible guilt in an exchange with Yates.

Over the next several days, Yates proved that she was hostile to the President's agenda and was terminated.

In March, Kelner said in a statement that Flynn had a "story to tell", but said no reasonable person would agree to be questioned by the committee without "assurances against unfair prosecution".

Early on in the race for the Democratic nomination, Carter said he believed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would get the nomination "because money dominates, and she has an inside track to the massive amounts that are going to pour into the Democratic Party side".

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There was plenty of evidence about Flynn long before Yates's briefings, indeed Flynn's questionable relationships had been in the news for a year, even as Flynn was one of the most omnipresent Trump supporters, frequently at Trump's side during the campaign.

"Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows - there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump", Trump said.

But the White House took no action for 18 days, after which Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled Vice President Pence about the call.

What's known publicly about those ties is damning enough that the Trump response has been less a head-on refutation than complaints about the way the information came out - through "unmasking", leaking or imagined wiretapping of the Trump campaign.

Notably, Trump's own White House requested the House and Senate investigations after he took to Twitter on a Saturday morning and accused Obama of tapping the phones in Trump Tower. Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, declined because her attorney said the invitation came late and without bipartisan consent.

What continues to astonish, although the subject barely was broached at the hearing, is that Flynn served in good standing and apparent high repute at the White House for more than two weeks after all this took place.