Sally Yates Was the Real Blackmailer

Sally Yates

Three days later, for reasons unrelated to Flynn, Trump fired Yates for refusing to defend his travel ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited baseless office gossip to attempt deflect from the Trump administration's failure to remove Michael Flynn after they were made aware he posed a national security risk. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer minimized the warnings saying that "If President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn't they suspend his security clearance, which they approved just months earlier?"

But McFaul, who has been heavily critical of President Trump and Flynn, wondered how a Russian blackmail operation against Flynn would have actually played out. That's why Republican senators only seem to care about the sources of those media reports about the Trump national security adviser being compromised by the Russians rather than the fact that the Trump national security adviser was compromised by the Russians. Flynn was sacked as head of military intelligence by the Obama administration in 2014 amid questions about his management style and reports of insubordination.

Over the next several days, Yates proved that she was hostile to the President's agenda and was terminated. And Yates implied that Flynn misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a January 24 interview about his conversations with Kislyak.

A strong supporter of Hillary Clinton?

Trump turned to Twitter to talk back after Yates' testimony Monday.




Worse, if it could be worse, in the days before and after Trump´s inauguration, Flynn was lying to his superiors about the nature of his dialogues with Moscow´s ambassador - and they either didn´t know or didn´t care about the nefariousness of his denials. The White House has said that McGahn immediately informed Trump.

Spicer said, "One thing that's important to note is-let's look at again how this came down".

But if Trump's quick and dismissive reaction to her appearance is any guide, the Yates testimony put another dent in the administration's defenses. He's dismissed FBI and congressional investigations into his campaign's possible ties to the election meddling as a "hoax" driven by Democrats bitter over losing the White House.

After being asked multiple times if the White House took any steps to reduce Flynn's role or access to classified information after receiving Yates' warning, Spicer finally said, "I'm not aware of any".

1, 2017, during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.

Also scheduled to testify is James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence who attracted attention for a March television interview in which he said that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation at the time he left government in January. Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, declined because her attorney said the invitation came late and without bipartisan consent.

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