Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Trump in the first days of his presidency for refusing to defend his first Travel Ban, grants her first television interview since being let go.
The interview comes on the heels of Yates’ highly anticipated congressional testimony which centered around her warnings to the Trump administration regarding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
In excerpts of the interview released by CNN, Yates tells CNN host Anderson Cooper that “the Russians had real leverage” against Flynn and that she believed it to be “a serious compromise situation.” She added that “the Russians had real leverage” against the top national security adviser to the President.
She also discussed the true reasons for the “unmasking” of Flynn’s name by the prior administration. “I oftentimes would get intel reports that included the name of the U.S. person,” she said. “Not because I or anybody else had asked for it to be unmasked, but because that intelligence only made sense if you knew who the identity of the U.S. person was, and that’s an exception to the minimization requirements.”
Watch the live feed of the interview below: