Former AG Sally Yates: Warned White House of Flynn’s Blackmail Risk
Monday afternoon, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism, stating that the Department of Justice, “believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians.” The testimony also detailed the timeline of events that led to the firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by President Trump on February 13th, 2017. It is the facts leading up to the dismissal of Trump’s first National Security Advisor that Yates brought clarity to in her testimony.
The timeline that Yates gave was this, on January 26, 2017, Yates contacts White House Counsel Donald McGahn to tell him the DOJ had information that statement made to the media by Vice-President Pence which were based on conversations with Flynn were not true. The conversations were in regard to Flynn’s assertions that he did not discuss the sanctions against Russia the Obama Administration placed after it was found that Russia played a role in trying to change the outcome of the U.S Presidential Election. Flynn denied that such a conversation took place but the DOJ knew otherwise.
Yates then testified that McGahn contacted her again on January 27h, to ask three questions, One, Why did it matter to the DOJ that one member of the administration lied to another member, Two, Were criminal charges being sought against Flynn, Three, What action was the DOJ taking and Four, What was the underlying evidence against Flynn?
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On January 28th, there was another phone call between Yates and McGahn to decide when the White House would see the evidence that the DOJ collected. On January 30th, Sally Yates was fired by the White House for not supporting the first travel ban that President Trump signed as an executive order. Yates spoke that it was necessary for the White House to know of Flynn’s actions because, ‘The efforts by a foreign adversary to interfere and undermine our democratic process, and those of our allies, pose a serious threat to all Americans.”
The largest question that comes from Yates testimony is why did it take 18 days for Flynn to be fired by the White House? Why did the President insist that it was the fault of the main stream media that Flynn had to be fired and not his own lies to the Vice-President and the FBI? Why was Flynn allowed to receive classified materials and even partake in a phone call to Russian President Putin on January 28th? These questions can only be answered by the White House itself.