Fired acting AG Sally Yates to testify about Flynn and Russia

The acting U.S. attorney general who President Trump fired days into his term will testify before the Senate on Monday — and she’s expected to drop dirt on Russian relations.

Sally Yates will be testifying in public for the first time since Trump dumped her 11 days into his presidency — apparently because she crossed him on his court-challenged travel bans.

Early reports indicate she will open up about the relationship between Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national adviser, and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn resigned just days after Yates’ ouster for lying to White House officials about talking to Kislyak last December about American sanctions on Russia.

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People familiar with Yates’ plans told The Wall Street Journal she will reveal she warned White House counsel Donald McGahn early about Flynn’s lie. She also advised that Flynn’s talk with Kislyak — which came the same day the Obama administration issued sanctions on Russia — would compromise his position with Trump, according to the Associated Press.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Yates seemed ready to share “some information as to who knew what when.”

FEB. 10, 2017 FILE PHOTO

Michael Flynn.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

“That would be what she knew about Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia and exactly what she knew they were,” Feinstein said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Yates will appear before a Senate committee after her first scheduled testimony, in March, was canceled amid reports that the White House wanted to keep her from speaking.

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The White House has said Yates simply gave officials a “heads up” about Flynn’s Russian contacts, rather than a severe warning.

The FBI is probing the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to compromise the presidential race — something Trump and the White House have consistently denied. The White House also denied allegedly trying to quash Yates’ testimony.

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