Transcript for Justice Department warned WH of Flynn's communications with Russia
Senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas for more on what the White House and Justice Department knew and win and good morning Pierre what do you know. Good morning Robin key moment in this drama came when then acting attorney general Sally Yates began seeing topped. Tough transition officials saying that Flynn did not discuss Obama's sanctions on Russian hacking with that country's ambassador. Gates a source tells me knew that FBI agents had captured a phone call between plan and the Russian ambassador discussing those very sanctions. She became increasingly alarmed when then vice president elect pence set on national TV that Flynn told him he did not discuss the sciences. On January 23 after the inauguration white house Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated the same false claim. Shortly afterward Yates apparently decided she had no choice but to inform the white outfit they had been misled. And she and other officials were concerned about the potential of the lessons blackmailing Flint Robert Shapiro there they are you legal implications here. It doesn't appear that any charges are imminent but officials are concerned that. Flynn was having these conversations Robin they want to know how many did he happen and what precisely where they talked. And again wins that three week period all right here thanks so many questions out there must bring Jon Carl back as Los Matthew -- our chief political NS a C they get here. And jealous begin when that three week gap. Right there sky as we said it's kind of a stern around January 23 Sally Yates tells the White House has the White House counsel believed on the gone. Didn't Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail. Yet nothing happens that's going to be the big question for the White House why. Well the big question is did the president know about it three weeks ago I've asked that directly of senior officials. The only answer that I have gotten is that B a valuation of Flynn. That ultimately led to his ouster began weeks ago so the be in what officials insist as they knew about this and they started to evaluate and look into it weeks ago. We don't know about the president himself the president was at. Asked about the initial Washington Post story breaking this news on Friday. On Air Force One and he told reporters that he hadn't seen the reports yet but we don't know that doing anything of the concerns is a just underscore that we don't know yet. Where the White House isn't telling us yet whether the president or the vice president who had been misled. We're told about this this phone call from Sallyann to protest department. I've asked that question directly of multiple officials and have not gotten an answer that sort.
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