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Officials Who Raised Red Flags Early in Trump-Russia Probe Were Silenced: Ex-Intelligence Chief

Intelligence officials who made noise about problems with the investigation into Donald Trumps campaign and Russia were silenced or had their warnings ignored, a top former intelligence official said.

“In the Russian collusion investigation, early on there were people who raised red flags. And many of those people were silenced or their words classified and put away,” Richard Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence (DNI) for several months this year, said Wednesday.

What happened is “an outrage” and “we have to fix it,” he added, referring to the growing body of evidence showing malfeasance during the collusion probe.

Grenell declassified a number of documents while overseeing the U.S. intelligence community, including a list of people who requested in late 2016 or early 2017 the deanonymizing of retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, Trumps incoming national security adviser.

Asked if it was possible that President Barack Obama had no idea of what was going on, Grenell said, “There is no possible way that it wasnt known inside the White House, and that multiple layers of people knew about this.”

He also expressed disbelief over Obama administration officials saying under oath that they knew of no evidence of collusion, conspiracy, or cooperation between Trumps campaign and Russia but said otherwise in appearances on television.

“When you read the transcripts like I did and you see what was classified and put away and then you actually see what you alluded to, individuals who are under oath say, I see nothing, I see no collusion, theres nothing, theres not one thing that I see, and then I see those people on television saying the opposite, it angers me as a citizen of this country,” he said.

The transcripts of the appearances behind closed doors before lawmakers years ago were recently made public due to a push from Grenell.

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Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates speaks to lawmakers in a file photograph. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

One transcript showed Sally Yates, a high-level Department of Justice official, saying Obama informed her and other top officials that he knew of details from a phone call between Flynn and Sergey Kisylak, a Russian ambassador, leaving her stunned.

That Jan. 5, 2017 meeting also included, according to varying accounts, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice, then-FBI Director James Comey, and then-Vice President Joe Biden.

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