Former United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was a guest on The Rachel Maddow Show and she confirmed some rather big news: the White House definitely knew former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was under investigation when Donald Trump asked James Comey to lay off the investigation. According to a memo then FBI Director James Comey wrote immediately upon leaving the meeting in question, Donald Trump said, “I hope you can let this go."
Yates had twice warned the White House that Lt. General Michael Flynn was compromised. From her Senate testimony:
Former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates testified Monday for the first time that she warned White House lawyers at least twice in January that President Trump's national security advisor at the time, Michael Flynn, "could be blackmailed" by Moscow, may have violated criminal statutes and had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his dealings with Russian officials.
"We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised," Yates, a career prosecutor, told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election.
Now Yates is confirming that she spoke directly White House lawyer Don McGahn and confirmed to him that Michael Flynn was under investigation. Watch her and Maddow get to the bottom of why this matters for a possible obstruction of justice charge against Donald Trump.