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During an exchange on Wednesday with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham during a hearing on the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told lawmakers that former FBI Director James Comey went rogue when he “unilaterally” dispatched agents to interview former national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House in the early days of the Trump administration.
In the article, reported by CBS News, Yates, who appeared remotely says, “I didn’t authorize that interview because I wasn’t told about it in advance,”.
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NPR also mentioned that Yates said, “If Gen. Flynn didn’t think he was doing anything problematic, then he wouldn’t have needed to do anything to cover it,” Yates said of Flynn’s false statements about his conversations with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late 2016.
President Trump wrote on his Twitter post to say that Yates has “zero credibility.”
Who is Michael Flynn?
Flynn served in the military for over 30 years, and retired as General.
USA Today says that Flynn briefly served as Trump’s first national security adviser. He accepted the position on Nov. 18, 2016, after President Barack Obama repeatedly warned Trump against hiring him, citing “profound concerns.”
He then resigned from his position 24 days into the new administration, after being interviewed by the FBI. He was accused of misleading Vice President Mike Pence and others about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions before Trump took office.
Flynn told Vice President Pence and then FBI investigators he hadn’t asked Kislyak to press his government not to escalate its retaliation against punitive steps the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama was taking. Actually, documents later proved, Flynn had.
Although Flynn first pled guilty twice to the charges, he soon changed his mind and fought back against the charges.
In June 2020, the ongoing case against Flynn was dropped by the Justice department, according to the New York Times.
Timothy Shea, the interim U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, told the judge overseeing the case, Emmet G. Sullivan, that prosecutors were withdrawing the case, because ‘the department could not prove to a jury that Mr. Flynn’s admitted lies to the F.B.I. about his conversations with the ambassador were “material” ones.’