Trump Responds To Sally Yates’ Testimony With Fake News Claims, Of Course
The first executive order was crafted nearly exclusively by White House staff with very little input from the agencies that would be responsible for implementing and enforcing it (even after it took effect, airport officials across the country were unclear about how it was supposed to work).
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.
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives for a White House senior staff swearing in ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Washington.
“The Russians also knew what Gen. Flynn had done”, she said.
The White House didn’t care that Flynn was compromised. “To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians”. He said Yates was someone who “clearly showed by the fact that career [Justice Department] attorneys told her the president’s lawful order – that she should sign the president’s lawful order and then chose not to do it” and argued “that vindicates the President’s point”.
Spicer aimed to cast doubt on the credibility of Yates, a career Justice Department official who Trump fired after she declined to defend the first version of Trump’s divisive restrictions on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.
In the meantime, McGahn wanted to see documentation about Flynn’s talk with Kislyak.
Spicer suggested that action proved that Yates was “not exactly someone that was excited about President Trump taking office or his agenda”.
On Feb. 2, Spicer said, McGahn was able to look at the sensitive material.
Separately Monday, former Obama officials said that Obama had raised general concerns about Flynn with Trump and had told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post.
In tweets on Monday, Mr Trump doubled down on that stance. “Why doesn’t the media report on this?”
“Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows – there is “no evidence” of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump”, Trump said. Clapper also said he was unaware there was an FBI investigation into Russian collusion until FBI Director James Comey announced it in March. Flynn resigned February 13 after being asked to step down. Which raised the question: who “unmasked”. Her testimony goes against with how the White House portrayed her “heads-up” of the potential conflict, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer described it.