Spicer Calls Sally Yates a 'Political Opponent' of Trump


"We believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians", Yates told the hearing in her first public comments on the scandal which has dogged the opening months of Trump's presidency.

Sean Spicer on Tuesday defended the White House, following remarks former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had made during a congressional hearing a day earlier about former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn's conduct and the Trump administration's handling of the allegations about him.

At Tuesday's press briefing, Spicer was asked why President Donald Trump waited 18 days to fire Flynn after Yates told the White House that Flynn had been "compromised" and was at risk of being blackmailed by Russian Federation.

But McGahn had an odd response. But they asked Flynn to resign after news reports indicated he had lied about the nature of the calls. Trump fired Flynn earlier this year for misleading the Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn's communications with Russian Federation.

Flynn was sacked for misleading the Vice President. She also had an additional phone call with the White House.

Trump's executive order, which banned Syrian refugees from entering the USA as well as people from seven Muslim-majority countries, caused chaos at airports and drew protests around the country.

The image, which has since been deleted, was apparently meant to emphasize Clapper's assertion that he knew of no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Somebody took that information and leaked it to the Washington Post. Trump reluctantly pushed out Flynn on February 13 while insisting he'd done nothing wrong. Both confirmed they had, but said they could not go into detail.

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Where there is smoke there is not necessarily fire.

Throughout the Russian Federation probes, the Trump White House has pointed to testimony earlier this year from Clapper that he had seen no evidence in the January intelligence report of collusion between the President's campaign and Russian Federation.

Clapper rebutted the Trump argument that Obama officials (particularly Susan Rice, who declined to appear Monday) had improperly "unmasked" Flynn or others. James Clapper, director of national intelligence under Obama, also testified Monday.

He added: "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

Details of the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation have been coming out only in dribs and drabs.

Though some Republicans on the panel engaged in such diversions, the subcommittee chairman, Lindsey Graham, rose above partisanship.

"You could rationalize that it helps the Russians by obfuscating who was actually responsible", Clapper said. "We're all in the same boat". The warning, first reported by NBC News via former Obama aides, came up during a discussion of White House personnel. FILE - In this November 10, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with then-President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Mr McGuan also asked about the likelihood that the agency would pursue a criminal case. Would taking action against Flynn immediately interfere with the FBI's investigation? And could he see the evidence?