>> Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and its possible links to White House officials back in the spotlight Monday with two former officials of the Obama Administration testifying on Capitol Hill. Former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will give their testimonies to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.
The first public testimony of its kind for the Senate's investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Likely to be at the top of the agenda, did the White House mislead the public about a top Trump official's ties to Russia?
Yates is expected to tell the senators that when she was acting Attorney General, she had warned the White House that then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had not told the truth about conversations he had with Moscow's US Ambassador about economic sanctions on Russia. Trump fired Yates from the Justice Department shortly after, Flynn was asked to resign the next month.
Her testimony is expected to contradict what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called more of a, quote, heads-up than a warning. FBI Director James Comey confirmed that Yates expressed concerns to him about Flynn in his senate hearing last week. Ahead of Monday's hearing, Trump tweeting, quote, when will the Fake Media ask about the Dems dealings with Russia?