Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump White House Unable to Admit Basic Facts
18 May, 2017, 17:51 | Author: Garry Little
The White House was warned that Donald Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn "could be blackmailed" after apparently lying to his bosses about contacts with Russian officials. Just because someone comes in and gives you a heads-up about something and says I want to share some information doesn't mean you immediately jump the gun and go take an action.
Just days after the inauguration, moreover, Yates used those same NSA transcripts to try to get Flynn fired, by warning the White House that he was "vulnerable" to Russian extortion. Ms. Yates refused to discuss the details, citing confidentiality reasons, and stuck to the formulation that Mr. Flynn's "underlying conduct" made him susceptible to Russian blackmail. He fired Yates instead.
Known as a tough and independent prosecutor, Yates has been a target of Trump's anger since her refusal in January to support his controversial immigration ban on nationals from several Muslim-majority nations - for which he fired her.
Democrats criticize Trump for not firing Flynn until February 13 - the day the Washington Post published a story that reported that, contrary to Pence's assertion, Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak.
Trump, of course, ignored Obama.
Three months later, Trump is still blaming Yates, not his mendacious former aide. "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer-funded charade end?" he fumed in one post, while in another, he targeted Ms Yates - claiming she had "said nothing but old news!" after earlier assailing her for allegedly leaking classified information.
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Where there is smoke there is not necessarily fire. "We told him we were concerned the American people had been misled". Monday's hearing further pumped the bellows.
Clapper reiterated that he still hasn't seen evidence to suggest that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.
Meanwhile, the United States administration fiercely denied Trump's contested travel ban deliberately single out Muslims during an appeals court hearing Monday - despite the president's campaign call for a blanket Muslim ban.
The hearing brought the issue of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian officials back into the public eye.
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". He retired when Trump took office.
Spicer frequently has chided the White House press corps for failing to ask more questions about the source of illegal leaks to the press. Would DOJ pursue a criminal case? Obama said he had profound concerns about Flynn's taking such a job. You don't have to be Tom Clancy to wonder why.
The worldwide community doesn't recognize Israeli's claim of dominion over the eastern part of the city. In the middle of a White House shakeup, President Trump is shifting to a new course in the Middle East.
Voters also approved the school district's 2017 Capital Improvements Project, with 251 voting in favor and 78 voting against. The expenditure is temporary, since the library will eventually reimburse the school district when it sets up its own levy.
Those wetlands, an Ohio EPA spokesman told ThinkProgress earlier this week, won't recover for decades. "It's just what happens". They must happen fairly often because according to Walsh, the state has 200 to 300 pipeline leaks every year.
And CDU officials privately describe one of her great advantages over her rival as her "Champions League" factor. The SPD had been ailing nationwide but saw a surge in support in February when Schulz took over.
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Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president. I read the Washington Post story, and I read General McMaster's response, which tends to refute the story-rebut the story.
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