Spicer Calls Sally Yates a 'Political Opponent' of Trump

Spicer Calls Sally Yates a 'Political Opponent' of Trump

While ex-acting Attorney General Sally Yates addressed questions on Capitol Hill about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian Federation, she also explained her decision not to support President Trump's controversial travel ban. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said Tuesday: "I want to know more about Trump's business dealings".

Obama warned Trump, then president-elect, not to give the post of national security adviser in his administration to Flynn, a former Obama aide said.

"To state the obvious", she added later, "you don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians". The president made a decision. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

The Associated Press meanwhile reported last week that one sign taken as a warning by Obama administration officials about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak was a request by a member of Trump's own transition team made to national security officials in the Obama White House for the classified Central Intelligence Agency profile of Kislyak.

It may also not be easy for the administration to discredit Yates. Her calm presentation and refusal to get riled by some Republican senators trying to knock her off her game made her come across as a credible witness.

The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told the hearing that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election.

"The onus is on the next generation to lead the party in the Trump era", said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama White House and campaign adviser.

Alone, her appearance didn't prove much.

Forty-five years ago next month a White House conversation took place that will be remembered by history as the one containing the infamous "18-minute gap."

Spicer reasoned that the administration's mistrust of Yates was "vindicated" when she refused to uphold the ban in the end.

But Trump stunned Obama advisers with his March 4 tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping his NY skyscraper during the election, an explosive allegation that has been denied by FBI Director James Comey and other national security officials.

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That may have been an exaggeration at the time . "That firing led indirectly but certainly to the resignation of President Nixon". But I'll tell you what he did, he brought back his reputation. "Nearly everyone agrees that the director made serious mistakes".

Another tweet about Russian Federation from Donald Trump had people scratching their heads.

The answer to that question may not come for a long time yet - not at least until the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian interference in last year's election and possible links to the Trump campaign wraps up.

He clarified later that he had not taken any new actions.

Trump also resorted to a familiar tactic of trying to divert attention from the Russian Federation probe to questions about leaks of information to media outlets that have been reporting on the Russian Federation probe.

The real news is that neither Yates nor Clapper had any direct proof of Russia-Trump campaign collusion.

The second important piece of information Yates provided concerned her follow-up meeting with McGahn.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Meanwhile, two other intelligence sources told NBC on Monday that General Flynn failed to disclose he had been paid a $34,000 fee to travel to Russia in December 2015 for an event organized by Russia Today. The president's National Security Advisor, Yates told Team Trump in January, had been compromised.

But Yates testified that the materials were available on January 30, just four days after she gave her initial warning. "Appointed by the Obama administration and a strong supporter of Clinton", Spicer responded.

Commenting on this conversation on Fox news, President Donald Trump blamed the Obama administration for not vetting Flynn. Flynn served under Obama as defense intelligence chief before Obama dismissed him.

On Monday, Washington political theater was in full force, and the stars were Texas Sens.