From the Washington Post:
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates said Monday she warned the top lawyer in the White House that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia, and gave the White House a private warning “so that they could take action.’’
Testifying about her discussions in January with Trump administration officials, Yates gave her first public accounting of a conversation with White House counsel Donald McGahn that ultimately led to Flynn’s firing.
“We began our meeting telling him that there had been press accounts of statements from the Vice President and others that, related to conduct that General Flynn had been involved in, that we knew not to be the truth,” said Yates. “The vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the American public, and General Flynn was compromised by the Russians.’’
Though Yates would not discuss classified details of the Flynn matter, other people familiar with the matter said the issues she raised to McGahn were conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which the two discussed easing U.S. sanctions against Russia.