The scenario about what did you know and when did you know it, and what did you do about it encircles The Trump House big time after today's testimonies by Sally Yates and James Clapper. These individuals are impeccable professionals.
For certain, they cannot comment in detail on many parts of the active investigation into Trump's compromised campaign staff that continues to point into the direction of his complicity.
To an experienced American who has lived through past impeachments, today was a tipping point toward eventual prosecution once the FBI completes its flawless investigation.
There is a whiff of Watergate in the air.
'Sally Yates, the acting attorney general during the first month of the Trump administration, testified before the Senate on Monday about all this.
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
From her testimony, we learned three things:
1) After she heard Vice President Pence go on TV and say Flynn didn't talk sanctions with the Russian ambassador, she immediately reached out to the White House's lawyer to tell him she had proof that Flynn did talk sanctions. (Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were picked up by the FBI during “routine surveillance” of the Russian ambassador.)
2) She told White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was probably lying to them about it, and that the Russians knew Flynn was lying, which meant he could be blackmailed.
“And that created a compromise situation,” Yates said Monday, “a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians.”
3) What the White House did with this info is unclear. Trump fired Yates shortly after for not enforcing his travel ban. Trump fired Flynn only after The Washington Post reported that Flynn was lying about discussing sanctions.
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FBI, do your job.