Published On: Tue, May 9th, 2017

James Clapper, Sally Yates: No evidence of collusion between Trump and Russians to win 2016 election

Will Democrats and leftists let it go? Doubtful.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said reaffirmed what has been stated repeatedly: there is NO EVIDENCE of collusion between the Trump campaign in 2016 and the Russians. All of the testimony confirmed statements made by the Trump administration as the President reverted to his previous claims of “fake news.”

Clapper said before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion, but also said he had been unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter until FBI Director James Comey announced it to the public at a House hearing in March.

James Clapper photo/donkey hotey

Yates testified that she learned in January that Pence’s public statements about Flynn’s activities were untrue and alerted White House counsel Don McGahn about her concerns on Jan 26.

Without elaborating on how she learned the information, she told senators that she met with McGahn and told him that what Pence had relayed about Flynn, “we knew not to be the truth.” She declined to discuss the nature of that conduct, but press reports indicated that Flynn and the ambassador talked about U.S. sanctions against Russia.

Yates said she and a senior Justice Department official walked McGahn through the evidence.

“The first thing we did was to explain to Mr McGahn that the underlying conduct that Gen. Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself,” she said.

Yates testified that she was concerned the Russians could use the discrepancy to blackmail Flynn.

“The Russians also knew what Gen. Flynn had done,” she said. “And the Russians also knew that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others.”

Yates and McGahn met again the next day to discuss the matter further. She said McGahn asked about the applicability of criminal law.

Neither Clapper nor Yates presented a hint of evidence about the rumored collusion and refused to discuss the leaks to the press.

2011 CPAC photo Gage Skidmore

President Donald Trump called Clapper’s comments a full dismissal of potential collusion and dismissed the entire issue outright in the series of tweets after the hearing, referring to information from the day’s events as “old news,” “a total hoax” and “#FakeNews!”

The Mother Jones response will summarize where Trump’s opponents stand: “The conclusion from Yates’ testimony was clear: Trump didn’t dump Flynn until the Kislyak matter became a public scandal and embarrassment. The Justice Department warning—hey, your national security adviser could be compromised by the foreign government that just intervened in the American presidential campaign—appeared to have had no impact on Trump’s actions regarding Flynn. Imagine what Republicans would say if a President Hillary Clinton retained as national security adviser a person who could be blackmailed by Moscow.”

“..So this hearing indicated that the Trump White House protected a national security adviser who lied and who could be compromised by Moscow, that Trump can no longer cite Clapper to claim there was no collusion, and that US intelligence had sensitive information on interactions between Trump associates and possible Russian agents as early as late 2015.”

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