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Spicer Calls Sally Yates a 'Political Opponent' of Trump

Spicer Calls Sally Yates a 'Political Opponent' of Trump

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified to great praise yesterday, but Sean Spicer was dismissive and unimpressed today during his press briefing at the White House.

Yates testified that she told the White House that the Russians also knew what Flynn had done and that he had misled the vice president and others.

"The process worked, frankly, when you look at the time we had to make the decision", Spicer said.

After warning the White House, Yates was sacked on January 30 for refusing to comply with an executive order barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries on the grounds thatthe ban was unlawful.

Flynn's discussions with the Russian envoy have been scrutinized as part of an FBI and multiple congressional investigations into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia's meddling in last year's election. The White House story Tuesday is that they didn't trust Yates because she was a political opponent and she opposed Trump's Muslim ban.

Yates, who was sacked by President Trump on January 30, said that it is believed that the Russian government had recordings of Flynn's call.

Spicer added that he was not aware of any security restrictions placed on Flynn after the warning. Mr Obama's concerns about Mr Flynn, which were first reported by NBC News, were largely about his management of the DIA and predated the later concerns about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Mr Sergey Kislyak.

"General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration — but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that", Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning. I suspect that question may haunt the Trump White House: national security, intelligence, the power of government secrecy itself are all based on trusting one another. "Her character and integrity are widely respected on both sides of political aisle". In the first meeting, Spicer said, Yates told the White House there were materials relating to the matter that Spicer said that the White House didn't obtain until February 2.

Yates declined to say.

Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump. Was he still fulfilling his normal national security adviser duties?

Flynn remained on the job, sitting in on highly classified sessions including a phone call between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Somebody came over, gave us a heads up, told us there were materials", he said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

What exactly did Flynn say to the Russian ambassador to the United States?

Yates' view that Trump's order was unlawful and inconsistent with the principles of the Justice Department ultimately was upheld by three federal courts that blocked its enforcement; the Trump administration eventually withdrew it and replaced it with a more carefully drawn order that nevertheless also has been blocked by the federal courts.


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