Flynn, who was removed by President Barack Obama in 2014 as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was sacked by Trump 18 days after Yates' warning, following public revelations about his false statements. One of them was former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates owning Sen.
Unfortunately, the move didn't last long.
But Spicer argued that her actions vindicated the White House's assumptions - even retroactively. All Cruz's aggressive line of questioning did was show how right Yates had been about everything.
At just 24 days, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had the shortest tenure as White House National Security Adviser of anyone to ever hold that post.
Yates did not directly say whether Flynn had broken any laws, or whether he would or should face any criminal charges as a result.
Mr Flynn's name came up during a broader discussion about personnel issues, the former administration officials said.
Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump.
Spicer defended the gap as a combination of wait time for Justice Department evidence on Flynn's conduct, due process and suspicions about Yates' political motivations. And each was asked to step down from a prominent position by President Trump.
While it appeared to have little effect on the French election's outcome, that paralleled the leak of Democratic party files previous year ahead of the United States vote, which hurt Clinton and boosted Trump.
Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcomittee that she didn't know whether the White House ended up looking at that evidence because she was sacked for refusing to enforce President Donald Trump's initial travel ban shortly after she spoke with McGahn by phone. "We felt like the vice president and others were entitled to know that the information that they were conveying to the American people wasn't true".
Whitehouse, the ranking member of the Senate subcommittee, suggested that the Trump administration had ignored Yates' information because they wanted to avoid damaging Trump's reputation. She was not exactly someone who was excited about President Trump taking office, or his agenda.
Yates testified Monday before a Senate panel that she had delivered urgent messages to White House counsel Donald McGahn about Flynn as a potential blackmail target.
Trump then fired her, as is his right as president.
On May 8, Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Flynn frames this as payback for his opposing Obama's agenda in fighting the Islamic State militant group, but other reports indicate that he was "disruptive" and "chaotic" in his leadership of the agency.
In this morning's press briefing, Sean Spicer was quick to discredit Yates, saying it was perfectly reasonable to disregard her evidence-backed warnings because she's a Clinton supporter (apparently), and I guess those are prone to lying about matters of national security?
"He could face criminal prosecution if he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, yes".