White House Skeptical of Yates' Heads Up on Flynn, Cited Partisan Motives


"I think that the process worked, frankly, when you look at the time at which we had the information to make the decision that the president made".

Trump then fired her, as is his right as president. "'To state the obvious, you don't want your national security adviser compromised by the Russians, ' Yates said she replied", per NBC's Ken Dilanian.

His defense of timeline of Flynn's dismissal comes one day after Yates revealed during a dramatic Senate hearing that she delivered dire warnings to the White House counsel that Flynn was compromised because he misrepresented to senior administration officials his conversations with Russia's USA ambassador. "Graham's suggestion after he made it today and he's fine with that", Spicer told reporters during the daily briefing.

As Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said to Yates, "Without that published report, and without the free press telling us a lot of what went on, Michael Flynn might still be sitting in the White House as national security adviser, because by January 30th, you were forced to resign, correct?"

At the White House counsel's request, Yates had arranged for him to see the evidence against Flynn on Monday, Jan. 30. The core reasoning appears to be that she noted the unlawfulness of Trump's executive order, and accurately informed the White House "hey, this Mike Flynn guy, kind of a problem". Goldsmith, the former senior Justice Department lawyer, questioned how rigorous McGahn's review could have been.

Comey's surprise departure came at the recommendation of a newly minted deputy attorney general, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday. Why did it then take 18 days for Flynn to be fired - a step that only took place when The Washington Post reported he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his calls with Russia's envoy to Washington?

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Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite the United States intelligence community's conclusion that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling.

Sally Yates didn't bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White House and Russian Federation.

The White House on Tuesday tried to discredit former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, suggesting her testimony a day earlier about President Donald Trump's first national security adviser is tainted because she was a Hillary Clinton supporter, although officials provided no evidence for such a claim.

"Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to WH Counsel", he added.

"Somebody came over, gave us a heads up, told us there were materials", he said.

Yates' Senate testimony, like the testimony of FBI Director James Comey, made it clear that the need for a full and independent investigation into the Trump team's ties to Russian Federation, and its subsequent attempts to cover up those ties, is an urgent matter of national security.