Yates, Flynn And The Trump-Russia Investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright May 11, 2017,
May 11, 2017, 10:55
And it is of a piece with the person-to-person message President Obama delivered Trump about Flynn in the two's November 10 sit-down - an extraordinary note of caution on a personnel matter for an incumbent President to aim at his successor.
On Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that former President Obama made it clear that "he wasn't exactly a fan of General Flynn's".
The White House says President Donald Trump is sending a certified letter to Sen.
Testimonies of two key former officials before a Senate committee that is investigating alleged Russian interference in the USA presidential election previous year brought the issue into sharp focus again even as President Donald Trump termed the ongoing inquiry a "taxpayer-funded charade".
Trump fired Flynn, a retired general, for failing to disclose discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about U.S. sanctions against Moscow and for not telling the truth about them to Vice President Pence.
The Trump administration, including vice president Mike Pence, had repeatedly insisted that the former US Army general had not discussed American sanctions in conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.theeagleonline.com.ng as the source.
Monday, Yates told a Senate subcommittee that, soon after the inauguration, she went to the White House counsel with an urgent warning: that retired Gen. Michael Flynn's knowing lies about his contacts with Russian Federation left him subject to manipulation by foreign adversaries. Later that day, at the White House, she told him there was an alarming discrepancy between how Trump officials, including Pence, were characterizing Flynn's contacts with Kislyak and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings they'd reviewed. According to Yates, Flynn misled officials and media outlets like NBC News by stating that he did not discuss Barack Obama administration sanctions on Russian Federation when in fact he had. Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to United States was a primary focus of the Yates's testimony.
US President Donald Trump insisted there is no evidence he colluded with Russia after a Senate hearing that highlighted warnings that his former national security advisor was vulnerable to Russian blackmail. If Yates was a partisan actor hostile to Trump, why should the White House have been expected to take her advice about presidential appointments seriously?
Yates herself, a longtime federal prosecutor, was sacked by Trump on January 30 after refusing to defend his travel ban. Flynn's attorney, the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Attorney's office in Alexandria have all declined to comment on this revelation, which is fine, because honestly, what could they really say?
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.
The vetting process for either a political appointee or someone working in the White House is far, far more invasive and far, far more thorough than a standard [Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information] clearance process.
Probes by several congressional committees into Russian election meddling have been bogged down for weeks amid accusations by Democrats that Republicans have stalled progress to protect the White House.