>> What did you tell the White House about Mr. Flynn?>> Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was the veritable star of Monday's Senate hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testifying that she met with White House Counsel Don McGahn twice to tell him.
That Flynn's lying to the Vice President about whether he discussed Russian sanctions with Moscow's US ambassador was a real cause for concern.>> Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information. And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the National Security Advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians.
>> The White House would later characterize this as a heads up, but Yates insisted it was more than that.>> We told them that we were giving them all of this information so that they could take action, the action that they deemed appropriate.>> The administration did take action.
Flynn was fired 18 days later, only after the inconsistencies were reported in the media. Trump fired Yates from the Justice Department shortly after the meeting, claiming it was because as Acting Attorney General she refused to defend Trump's first travel ban. Republicans directed much of their focus on Monday's hearings on leaks to the media and so-called unmasking.
That morning the President tweeted, quote, ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to the White House Counsel. Senator Lindsey Graham did.>> I wanna know how it got to the Washington Post. Neither one of you did it.
>> That's right.>> That's right.>> The hearings come the same day it was reported that in November, President Obama warned President-elect Trump in person against hiring Flynn. The Trump White House saying that any vetting failure over Flynn falls on Obama, who hired and then fired him. And not on Trump, who then made him his National Security Advisor