Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates: I Warned White House Flynn Was Blackmail Risk

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (L) and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate panel Monday that she'd warned the White House that then- National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was "compromised" and vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Despite Yates' warning, President Trump waited two weeks to fire General Flynn. Yates' testimony is part of an ongoing Senate Judiciary subcommittee's investigation of Russian election interference and collusion with the Trump campaign. We discuss what's emerged from the hearing so far.


Eric Tucker, reporter covering the Justice Department for the Associated Press