Spicer defends White House following Yates' testimony on Flynn
- Author: Leroy Wright May 12, 2017,
May 12, 2017, 23:53
- President Trump took to Twitter after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before a Senate subcommittee investigating possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election. He's been subpoenaed by a Senate committee investigating possible Trump campaign dealings with Russian Federation.
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".
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"You said it was widely rumored that she wanted to be a part of the Clinton White House, potentially". Here is a well-respected defense intellectual, praised by both parties, lending a steady hand to a chaotic White House.
Flynn's lawyer declined comment to CNN Wednesday evening. So, when asked about the two during his news briefing Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was magnanimous in insisting that the media not "smear" Flynn's record - then proceeding to cast aspersions on Yates's.
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Pressed again on Flynn's delayed ouster, Spicer claimed that Yates' refusal several days later to enforce Trump's executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries retroactively justified the White House's lack of action. "I believed it'd be very unfair to hear from somebody we don't even know and immediately fire them", he continued, referencing Ms Yates's warning and the fact that she is not in his inner circle.
"This was a problem because" it "created a compromised situation" where the national security adviser "essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".
"Sally Yates has a almost three-decade record of public service as a prosecutor at the Department of Justice, where she steadfastly and consistently followed the facts and the law", he said.
But Mr Burr also said the committee would continue to press ahead with its investigation wherever it leads.