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Trump / Comey Firing / Yates Interview (Part I) #1110850

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A report that President Trump asked FBI director James Comey to end the investigation of fired national security director Michael Flynn reviewed. The CNN exclusive interview with former acting attorney general Sally Yates introduced. [YATES - offer views on her reaction to the Comey firing, Comey's background as a straight shooter, the loyalty pledge issue, how this is a troubling situation; how she cannot talk about national security director Michael Flynn's conduct & misrepresentations, the background of her warning to the White House, how Russia will use information about someone like Flynn as leverage, her two meetings with White House counsel Don McGahn where she was clear about the issues, denies using the term "heads-up," links Flynn to a criminal statute, the urgency of the issues with Flynn's conduct, her concern about the White House delay in firing Flynn, denies leaking the story to the "Washington Post," how she would have gone back to the White House were she not fired.] Other material: On Jan. 15, on CBS, Vice President Mike PENCE - comments on Flynn & discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador.] [Several times, White House press secretary Sean SPICER - says Yates wanted to give the White House a "heads-up."] [On NBC, May 11, TRUMP - says Yates did not make it sound like an emergency; defends Flynn.] [SPICER - comments on the timing of what Yates said; explains how Flynn did not do anything wrong.]
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