DC Daily: Spotlight on Sally Yates testimony, travel ban appeals court hearing

Officials say Obama warned Trump about Flynn
DC Daily: Spotlight on Sally Yates testimony, travel ban appeals court hearing
Posted at 7:44 AM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 14:28:09-04

What's happening in the political world:

Ex-Obama administration officials: Trump warned not to hire Flynn
-- Now-former President Barack Obama warned incoming President Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, former Obama administration officials told CNN.

The warning was given to Trump during his meeting with Obama in November following his election victory.

Flynn was brought on by Trump to serve as national security adviser, but was fired nearly a month later after reports surfaced that he had met with a Russian diplomat.

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Yates to testify before Senate subcommittee on Russia
-- Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify Monday before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which is investigating possible interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

Yates, who was fired from her role earlier this year, said she had warned the Trump administration about Michael Flynn's interactions with a Russian diplomat weeks before Flynn was fired as President Trump's national security adviser.

Hours before Yates was scheduled to testify, the president tweeted:


In January, Yates was fired after refusing to enforce Trump's travel order.

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Federal appeals court to weigh travel ban
-- The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia will look at a ruling from a judge that blocked President Trump's travel order.

Nearly two months ago, a federal judge in Maryland imposed a nationwide halt to the core portion of the president's revised executive order that sought to bar foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The judge concluded, largely drawing on Trump's past statements, that the travel ban likely violates the Constitution by disfavoring Muslims, and the Justice Department appealed that decision in March.

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Obama urges Congress to battle against ACA repeal
-- In his first public remarks following the House vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to "champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm."

Obama made the remarks after receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award during an event in Boston Sunday.

The former president said he hopes Congress understands that "courage does not always mean doing what is politically expedient, but what they believe deep in their hearts is right."

Last Thursday, the House approved the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, sending the bill to the Senate.

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Texas governor signs bill banning sanctuary cities
-- Sanctuary cities are now banned in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Sunday.

The bill establishes criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement that don't comply with immigration laws and detention requests, the governor's office said.

The new measure would fine government entities up to $25,500 for each day the law is violated.

The governor's office said the measure will take effect Sept. 1.

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CNN contributed to this report