Sally Yates Warns Russians are ‘Pretty Crafty’ When It Comes to Blackmail, Compromising Dirt

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During a rare interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates recalled her concern over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and said she was still bewildered by the White House’s delay in taking action following her warning that he might be compromised by Russia.
“I certainly can’t figure it out myself as to why they took all of that time,” she said, referencing the 18 days that passed before President Donald Trump‘s administration addressed the matter.
Yates explained she was persistent, and “came knocking on the door telling them they had a serious problem with their national security adviser,” even returning the following day “to give them even more information about that and made it really clear to them that we were telling them this so they could act.”

Michael Flynn Breaks Silence With (Now Deleted) Tweet Featuring Hillary, Weinstein and Huma Abedin

Michael Flynn — President Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser who plead guilty to lying to federal investigators and is now serving as a witness in the Russia probe — sent out a bizarre and cryptic tweet on Friday morning. In apparent response to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turning himself in police in New York City on Friday to face rape charges, Flynn wheeled out an old photo of Weinstein — who was once a big time Democratic donor — at a dinner, flanked by Hillary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin. The tweet was deleted some 20 minutes after it was posted, but screenshots are forever: It’s unclear why Flynn chose to tweet out this picture, if not simply to dunk on Clinton for her affiliations with the now disgraced Hollywood mogul. Our only contextual indication is Flynn’s caption, a meaningless spurt of letters: “Dgfffcf”. It’s
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Comey: Trump ‘Possibly’ Committed Obstruction of Justice by Telling Me to Stop Flynn Investigation

During his big interview with George Stephanopoulos, James Comey said President Donald Trump potentially obstructed justice by asking him to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In one of the former FBI director’s memos from last year, Comey stated that president approached him to talk about the probe into Flynn, which was opened after the retired general lied to Vice President Mike Pence. As Comey recalled the conversation with the president, he reiterated his claim that Trump expressed hope he would “let [Flynn] go.” While Trump has claimed he never said anything to that effect, Comey says he took those alleged comments to mean that the president was implicitly giving him direction to stop a criminal investigation.
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Twitter Melts Down Over News Ex-Trump Lawyer Looked Into Manafort, Flynn Pardons: This is ‘Corruption’

What had been a relatively slow news week to this point was jolted into warp speed on Wednesday with the bombshell New York Times report that President Donald Trump‘s ex-lawyer John Dowd kicked around the idea of approaching the president about granting pardons for Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. Even George Conway, husband of Kellyanne Conway, couldn’t contain his shock over the news. Conway wasn’t the only one floored by the Times report. Here’s a sampling of the reaction across social media:

Sarah Sanders Downplays Report on Pardons: Trump Lawyer Said There’s ’No Consideration’

As Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened the White House’s Wednesday briefing, she immediately faced questions about the new report that President Trump‘s former top lawyer spoke of arranging pardon deals with Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. Indications are that ex-White House attorney John Dowd was concerned about what the former Trump advisers might say to Robert Mueller, and that Dowd talked to his colleagues about having Trump extend pardon offers. When asked about this, Sanders referred to Ty Cobb‘s statement today that “I have only been asked about pardons by the press and have routinely responded on the record that no pardons are under discussion or under consideration at the White House.” Sanders continued to refer questions to Cobb, saying “there’s no discussion and there’s no consideration” regarding pardons. Watch above, via CNN. [Image via screengrab] — —
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Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Discussed POTUS Pardoning Flynn and Manafort

A new report indicates that former White House top lawyer John Dowd thought about approaching Donald Trump and asking him to give presidential pardons to Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. According to The New York Times, Dowd was in contact with Manafort and Flynn’s lawyers and talking about what they would say if they plead guilty and cooperated with Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russia. Three sources say that Mueller’s team is now looking at the possibility that Dowd made pardon offers to both former Trump advisers last year because the president’s team was concerned about what they might say if they struck a deal with the special counsel. From the report:
Mr. Dowd has said privately that he did not know why Mr. Flynn had accepted a plea, according to one of the people. He said he had told [Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner] that the president had long Continue reading "Ex-Trump Lawyer Reportedly Discussed POTUS Pardoning Flynn and Manafort"

Maddow: ‘I’m Expecting’ Trump Will Pardon Michael Flynn Sunday To Distract From Stormy Interview

This Sunday, 60 Minutes is going to air Anderson Cooper’s highly anticipated interview with porn star Stormy Daniels, in which she is expected to dish on her alleged 2006 affair with President Donald Trump. With the 60 Minutes episode expected to pull in huge ratings and dominate the national conversation following its broadcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is betting that the president will do something massive as a distraction. Pointing out that many feel that Trump’s sudden Thursday announcement that John Bolton would take over for H.R. McMaster as national security adviser was meant to distract from Cooper’s Karen McDougal interview, Maddow noted last night that we could see the same thing occur on Sunday. “Heaven help us for whatever this president and this White House are going to do to distract us this weekend,” she stated. “What do you do to distract from the second interview?” Maddow Continue reading "Maddow: ‘I’m Expecting’ Trump Will Pardon Michael Flynn Sunday To Distract From Stormy Interview"