On Monday, Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that she warned the White House in January that Flynn was susceptible to kompromot, the term for Russian blackmail, because he made conflicting statements about his phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
Spicer said that he was “not aware of any” restrictions placed on Flynn’s duties on the National Security Council between the period that Yates warned the White House and that Flynn was ultimately dismissed.
The pair spoke several times over the next two days, with McGahn asking Yates how Flynn had fared during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier that week – she did not answer – and why it was the business of the Justice Department if White House officials had misled each other.
But Spicer argued that her actions vindicated the White House’s assumptions – even retroactively. What’s more, her career with the Justice Department stems much further back, across multiple administrations and parties. Mr. Flynn resigned as NSA on February 13.
The Jan. 26 conversation took place two days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn about those contacts. However, Spicer did not dwell on detail on the substance of the conversation.
Flynn was sacked in February for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia’s ambassador. Spicer described her visit to the White House to warn of Flynn as a “heads-up”.
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.
The subpoena comes after Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, alerted the panel that he would not provide documents in response to their April 28 request.
Spicer referred to Flynn as a “good man” who President Trump didn’t want to smear.
And they kept him on for 18 days until the pressure became insurmountable from the media.
Trump was briefed on January 26 about Yates’ conversation with McGahn, and subsequently informed that the DOJ’s evidence would be reviewed, according to the timeline Spicer laid out in Tuesday’s press briefing.
Yesterday, former Obama appointee Sally Yates and former DNI James “not the leak” Clapper testified before the Senate for a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. “What if we just dismissed someone because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance?”
Overall Yates brought her A-game.
SPICER: But can I just – one thing that I think is important to note is – is let’s look at, again, how this came down.
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, did not comment on that aspect of the claim.
She was sacked four days later by the Trump administration.
‘I did my job, ‘ she testified on Monday.