Donald Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

Trump tweeted about how the subcommittee should ask Yates who he fired, about "classified information" published by news outlets "soon after she explained it to WH council". He alleged without evidence that Yates was a supporter of Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the November presidential election.

The revelations came on the same day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified about the events that led to Flynn's eventual firing. Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to U.S. was a primary focus of the Yates's testimony.

He also tweeted: "Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today - she said nothing but old news!" He said Flynn's security clearance had been renewed in April 2016, and the Obama White House had not stepped in to revoke it.

Trump "never intended for that to discriminate on the basis of any particular religion", Jeffrey Wall, the US acting solicitor general, told judges of the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond during an intensely argued afternoon hearing. "She gave very formal notice and both she and former director [James] Clapper made it clear when I asked them, when you say one thing on a tape and then you lie to the vice president and say something publicly, couldn't that be material for blackmail?" He added that Flynn is "a fine man" who was "just doing his job".

Flynn had previously held a position in the former administration, but was sacked from his position as head of the defense intelligence agency.

Sure, Yates was called on to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee' Crime and Terrorism subcommittee about the Donald Trump campaign and administration's possible ties to Russian Federation, but to Spicer, she's nothing more than a "political opponent" of the president.

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On Monday, Trump tweeted that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, "reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump".

In March Clapper told "Meet the Press" that as DNI, he had seen no evidence of collusion between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign team.

Despite her warnings, Flynn remained in his position for 18 more days (a gap Democrats say is as scandalous as "the 18-minute gap in the Nixon tapes").

Before assuming office, Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador to the U.S the possibility of relaxing U.S sanctions, according to leaked media reports of intelligence intercepts, but there is no official version of what transpired in those conversations. On Monday, during the senate hearing, Clapper stood by his past claims that he had not seen or found any evidence of relations between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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