Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

White House explains delay in firing Flynn

White House explains delay in firing Flynn

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.

With the issue of the President's ties to Moscow back in the spotlight, Mr Trump took to Twitter to dismiss as "old news" the Senate testimony on Monday by former acting attorney-general Sally Yates about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Despite her warnings, Flynn remained in his position for 18 more days (a gap Democrats say is as scandalous as "the 18-minute gap in the Nixon tapes").

The FBI interviewed Flynn about the December calls with Kislyak and determined that he wasn't intentionally trying to be deceptive about the nature of what was discussed, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. Trump fired her days later after she refused to defend his first attempt at imposing a travel ban on people traveling to the USA from seven majority Muslim countries where terrorist attacks had occurred, an executive order that courts subsequently blocked.

On Tuesday, Spicer said that the White House ultimately made the right decision by asking Flynn in February to resign after giving him "due process" and that the administration is not interested in relitigating the decision. "We did what we were supposed to do. I hope that the American people recognize the severity of this threat and that we collectively counter it before it further erodes the fabric of our democracy", Clapper said yesterday. The most pressing one is why it took 18 days for Flynn to be let go, after the White House was told he was compromised.

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Still, in the short term, the testimony of Yates likely means another lost day ahead for the White House as it uses up time and political energy brushing off a new round of questions and allegations about ties to Russian Federation. She was anxious because she suspected she was not the only one who knew that Flynn had lied.

Vice President Pence had initially said that Flynn and the ambassador did not discuss US sanctions against Russian Federation, which turned out not to be true.

The former acting attorney general said that she walked McGahn through Flynn's conduct in two meetings, on January 26 and again on January 27. And there are new signs that congressional investigations into the affair may linger deep into Trump's term. Trump's now galling attempt to pawn off his decision to elevate Flynn on the fact that Obama, who fired him, had granted him a security clearance.

She stated that she had warned President Trump about Flynn, as well as revealing that Russian Federation has had dirt on Flynn for a long time and would have been able to succeed in blackmailing him.

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