Spicer may address Russia probe in news briefing

Spicer may address Russia probe in news briefing

Spicer may address Russia probe in news briefing

It was then, she testified before senators Monday, that she warned McGahn that President Donald Trump's national security adviser could easily become a blackmail target for Russians, based on the answers Flynn gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I don't know what other work they were doing to check out what the acting attorney general had told them", Christie said.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File).

However, he said President Trump wants to make sure that we do what we can to win.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates - an Obama appointee who was sacked by Mr. Trump after she refused to defend an executive order that barred travel from several Muslim majority countries - told the committee that she had warned the White House that former National Security Advisor (NSA) Michael Flynn may have been compromised by Russian Federation. They met that afternoon at the White House, and Yates, accompanied by the top career official in the Justice Department's national security division, dropped a bomb: President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to Vice President Pence about Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. Somehow this was not obvious to McGahn, who like so many presidential aides is a walking and talking contradiction of Trump's oft-stated campaign promise to "hire the best people".

That conduct, the Washington Post reported, was discussing with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak the sanctions President Barack Obama imposed on Russia due to its intervention in the 2016 elections on behalf of Trump. Ignoring the "fake media" attack, Yates provided exceptionally credible testimony that proves Sean Spicer was lying when he repeatedly told reporters Yates casually gave the White House a "heads up" about Flynn. "And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".

"If President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn't he suspend General Flynn's security clearance, which they had just reproved months earlier", said Spicer at a May 8 news briefing. Republican Bob Barr hired her to the U.S. Attorney's Office before she was promoted by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, who ultimately made her deputy attorney general.

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"Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel", Trump tweeted hours before she was set to testify - "witness intimidation", one CNN anchor called it. She said she was not.

Commenting on this conversation on Fox news, President Donald Trump blamed the Obama administration for not vetting Flynn. Trump made no mention of the fact that Flynn had been fired from his high position by the Obama administration in 2014.

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. Two days after the election.

Spicer said 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. Trump fired her January 30 after she refused to defend the travel ban.

Instead, Yates portrayed a drama that unfolded before Trump had been in office even a week.

"The vice president was unknowingly making false statements to the public and. we believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians", Yates said.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, one of the Senate's most staunchly liberal members, took Yates on a winding line of questioning that ended with Trump possibly appearing on the witness stand in a hypothetical court trial against Flynn.

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First, she said, "the underlying conduct that General Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself".

"During my tenure as DNI, it was my practice to defer to the FBI director - both (former FBI) Director (Robert) Mueller and Director Comey - on whether, when, and to what extent they would inform me about such investigations", Clapper said.

"The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end". Similarly, she said that as a former official she was not authorized to discuss Department of Justice or other executive branch deliberations.

Yates' warning about Flynn capped weeks of concern among top Obama officials, former officials told the AP.

Clapper confirmed, as well, that British intelligence and other European allies passed information to the United States in late 2015 and early 2016 about Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. "Yates' vote of confidence in Rosenstein nullifies demands from some Democrats in Monday's hearing for the appointment of an outside prosecutor take over the investigation", the site wrote.

But perhaps the most appalling element of yesterday's testimony was the attitude of committee Republicans.

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