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Sally Yates said she told the White House she feared the Russians could blackmail Flynn


WATCH  | Sally Yates and James Clapper testify about Trump and Russia

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Yates was worried the Russians could blackmail Flynn.

Yates testified that she shared her concerns with White House counsel Don McGahn in a phone call and two meetings. 

Yates told McGahn that the Russians were aware of Flynn's actions -- without further specifying what those actions were -- and knew that Flynn had misled Vice President Pence.

Yates testified that she shared this information with the White House so "appropriate" action could be taken.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m. EST:  A White House official confirmed Obama "was not a fan" of Flynn.

UPDATE 11:31 a.m. EST:

Then-President Obama issued the warning to then-President-elect Trump when they met in the Oval Office on November 10, CNN reported, citing "former Obama officials."

Obama's warning came just two days after Trump's general election victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE 11:13 a.m. EST:  Obama reportedly warned Trump against hiring Flynn.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sally Yates is set to bring Russia back into the mainstream conversation today. The former attorney general will testify before a Senate subcommittee, likely answering questions about discussions she had with the White House about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, The Washington Post reported

Yates reportedly went to the White House and told the Trump administration that Vice President Pence's statements on Flynn's conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were incorrect. 

The president weighed in on the matter, deflecting blame to the Obama administration.

Trump also suggested other lines of inquiry for the Senate subcommittee. 

Yates reportedly warned White House Counsel Donald McGahn that Pence's contradictory statements could expose Flynn or others to Russian influence. However, White House officials contradicted such reports. 

In February, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said “our legal counsel got a heads up from Sally Yates that something wasn’t adding up with his story. And then so our legal department went into a review of the situation. ... The legal department came back and said they didn’t see anything wrong with what was actually said.’’

In the same month, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Yates “informed the White House counsel that they wanted to give a heads up to us on some comments that may have seemed in conflict. ... The White House counsel informed the president immediately. The president asked him to conduct a review of whether there was a legal situation there. That was immediately determined that there wasn’t.’’

Anticipation for Yates' testimony has been building, especially considering Yates was supposed to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee. Unfortunately for those waiting, Chairman Devin Nunes canceled that hearing. 

Yates' testimony is unlikely to include any new information on the FBI's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and administration and Russian officials. 

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