Sally Yates on U.S. National Security Adviser

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Last quote by Sally Yates on U.S. National Security Adviser

While I have total confidence in Bob Mueller and his ability to conduct this investigation, I don't think we should be putting all of our hopes in, That will tell us whether anything bad happened here. I don't think I should be telling Bob Mueller how he should be doing his investigation, so I'm going to defer on whether Mike Flynn should be given immunity or not. Running for office [has] just never been anything that I could picture myself doing.feedback
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Jun 27 2017
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We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the public and because we believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians. To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.feedback

We were really concerned about the compromise here. I don't know what steps they may have taken to act. It was a topic of a whole lot of discussion in the department of justice and with other members of the intelligence community. We had really the experts within the national security division. We were trying to make a determination about how best to deal with this. Our point was that logic would tell you that you don't want the NSA to be in a position where the Russians might have leverage over you.feedback

We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done, and also that we weren't the only ones that knew all of this. The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and they Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled Vice President Pence and others. This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they also likely had proof. This created a compromise situation … where the national security adviser could be blackmailed by the Russians.feedback

I want to note that I intend my answers today to be as fulsome and comprehensive as possible while respecting my legal and ethical boundaries. As the subcommittee understands, many of the topics of interest today concern classified information that I cannot address in this public setting, either directly or indirectly. My duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did when I led the department.feedback

To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians. I'm not, but I'm also not aware of a situation where the Office of Legal Counsel was advised not to tell the attorney general about it until after it was over.feedback

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