Trump Defends Flynn Hiring, Hits Sally Yates In Morning Tweets

President Donald Trump answers a question from a member of the media during a luncheon with Argentine President Mauricio Macri in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2017.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump answers a question from a member of the media during a luncheon with Argentine President Mauricio Macri in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo... President Donald Trump answers a question from a member of the media during a luncheon with Argentine President Mauricio Macri in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) MORE LESS

Ahead of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday, President Donald Trump published tweets urging Congress to ask Yates about leaks of classified information and defending his administration’s decision to hire Michael Flynn.

Yates’ testimony and Trump’s tweets follow a report from CNN last week that Yates is expected to tell the senate that she warned the White House about Flynn a few weeks before he was forced to resign from his role as national security adviser. Yates told White House Counsel Don McGahn in late January that Flynn was lying when he denied discussing U.S. sanctions with Russian officials, per CNN. At the time of Flynn’s firing, the White House claimed that Vice President Mike Pence had been unaware that the former national security adviser had discussed sanctions.

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