Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump White House Unable to Admit Basic Facts

18 May, 2017, 17:51 | Author: Garry Little
  • Sally Yates goes under oath

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.

But McGahn had an odd response.

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.

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