Former Trump security aide was Russian Federation blackmail risk, says ex

Candice Alexander
May 17, 2017

"I think the president made the right decision, and we've moved on". "He stands by it", Spicer told reporters.

During the White House press briefing this afternoon, press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the 18-day gap between Yates' first meeting with White House counsel and the firing of Flynn. But, Obama supporters promptly responded, stating that the Trump Administration was less than thorough when they conducted the security checks before appointing Flynn as a security personnel.

Flynn resigned from his post in February after it was revealed that, contrary to his earlier claims, he had discussed USA sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador before Trump was inaugurated.

Marshall Billingslea, a former Pentagon and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official, wanted the information for Flynn, his boss. He became a fierce critic of Obama's policies and a fervent Trump supporter. Flynn had been fired by the Obama administration as the head of the military's intelligence branch.

President Barack Obama personally warned Trump against hiring Flynn less than 48 hours after the November election. Flynn's conversations with Kislyak are believed to have been monitored as part of normal USA intelligence collections on the communications of foreign officials.

He added that Flynn was sacked because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the calls, not because the calls themselves were inappropriate. Was he still fulfilling his normal national security adviser duties?

Amy Klobuchar said Tuesday, the day after Yates' testimony to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.

While Democrats in the Senate Committee and critics of Mr. Trump sought to focus on the delay by the White House in sacking Mr. Flynn, Republicans and the President himself wanted to press on issues related to the leaking of classified information.

Yates made clear that the concerns she raised had exclusively to do with Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador, and not his paid speech for a Russian state media organization or his lobbying for Turkish interests, two other issues that have brought him law enforcement scrutiny.

"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.

"Focus on Russians having chance to "blackmail" Flynn is misleading". Flynn was later fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russia's ambassador to the U.S. And to make matters worse for Spicer's claims, journalists and Twitter et al. quickly uncovered just how wrong he was about Yates' supposed political affiliations.

"Somebody came over, gave us a heads up, told us there were materials", he said.

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