Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates claimed she had warned the White House about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.
Her comments came in an interview with New Yorker magazine.
Yates said she had met with White House counsel Don McGahn on Jan. 26 and 27 to tell him about Flynn.
"We had just gone and told them that the national security adviser, of all people, was compromised with the Russians, and that their vice president and others had been lying to the American people about it," she said.
Yates claimed McGahn wanted to know if taking action against Flynn would impact the FBI's ongoing investigation and how likely it was that Flynn would be prosecuted.
She recalled saying: "That misses the point of why we're telling you about all this."
And she reportedly added: "You should not worry about that. It's not going to impact the investigation. Flynn has already been interviewed. We're telling you this so you can act."
Flynn has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and rejected a subpoena from a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the election, according to The Associated Press.
And Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said his panel has documents "that appear to indicate" Flynn "lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal," Politico reported.
Flynn reportedly told investigators he was paid by "U.S. companies" for a 2015 trip to Moscow, the website reported and he was actually paid $45,000 by Russian propaganda outlet RT for a speech.
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