National Security

Trump: Yates Should Be Asked How Classified Information Got Leaked on Flynn

Sally Yates / AP

President Trump tweeted that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates should be pressed during her upcoming congressional testimony Monday on how classified information was leaked to the press about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Yates is expected to testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee about concerns she raised in January regarding Flynn, who was forced out of the Trump administration in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his prior dealings with Russia.

Flynn is under investigation for not disclosing prior Russia dealings while seeking a high-level security clearance. NBC News reported Monday that, according to former Obama administration officials, Barack Obama himself warned Trump against hiring Flynn.

Trump tweeted Monday that Flynn's security clearance was given by the Obama administration.

Trump fired Yates in January after she instructed Justice Department lawyers to not make legal arguments defending the White House executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.