Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Sean Spicer defends White House following Sally Yates' testimony on Michael Flynn

Sean Spicer defends White House following Sally Yates' testimony on Michael Flynn

The White House tried Tuesday to explain why President Donald Trump delayed firing former national security adviser Mike Flynn for 18 days after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the administration that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence.

Spicer called former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates - who warned the White House on January 26 about Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak - a "political opponent of the president".

Yates had been made into an enemy by the Trump administration after speaking out against the Muslim ban and Flynn's connections to Russian Federation, but was able to reveal a good amount of information about the situation.

Press secretary Sean Spicer said the White House wanted to give Flynn, the former national security adviser, "due process" after Yates reported his call with a Russian ambassador about sanctions. It also covers the post-election time period in which Trump and his transition team made a decision to appoint Flynn as national security adviser. Lindsey Graham's intimation after the hearing that he would be interested in digging further into Trump's business ties to Russian Federation, an issue that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he could not discuss at Monday's hearing "because that impacts an investigation". President Trump can be forgiven for ignoring her warning. "He stands by it", Spicer said.

"It was widely rumored (that she would) play a large role in the Justice Department if Hillary Clinton had won", Spicer said.

Yates said Trump's travel ban, which targeted several Muslim-majority counties, was "unlawful", and added, "All arguments have to be based on truth".

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The real story is that the White House didn't fire Flynn until the Washington Post and other news organizations broke the stories about Flynn lying to Pence. Trump has denied that his aides were involved in the hacking of Democratic groups, but the investigations could cast a shadow over his White House for years.

Yates is expected to testify that she warned McGahn that Flynn's contacts " and the discrepancies between what the White House said happened on the calls and what actually occurred " had left him in a compromised position, according to a person familiar with her expected statements. Trump's White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in response Monday that if Obama "was seriously concerned" about Flynn's connections to Russian Federation or other foreign countries, he should have withheld Flynn's security clearance.

Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump.

What's known publicly about those ties is damning enough that the Trump response has been less a head-on refutation than complaints about the way the information came out - through "unmasking", leaking or imagined wiretapping of the Trump campaign. "She had come here, given a heads" up, told us there were materials, and at the same time, we did what we should do.

At just 24 days, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had the shortest tenure as White House National Security Adviser of anyone to ever hold that post.

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