Monday, 23 October, 2017

Donald Trump back to repeating 'no collusion'

Sally Yates Sally YatesMore
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 00:45

Trump signed the ban on January 27, the same day Yates met for a second time with White House counsel Donald McGahn about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

SPICER: I think she's made some, you know, I think she was widely rumored to play a large role in the Justice Department if Hillary Clinton had won. "He stands by it", Spicer told reporters.

She said she did not know what happened after that, because Trump fired her that day, January 30, after she said his executive order banning Muslim immigrants was unlawful and instructed Justice employees not to implement it.

Flynn's discussions with the Russian envoy have been scrutinized as part of an FBI and multiple congressional investigations into possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia's meddling in last year's election. The White House has said that McGahn immediately informed Trump. The White House, Spicer explained, was skeptical of Yates because she was "not exactly a supporter of the president".

Spicer added that he was not aware of any security restrictions placed on Flynn after the warning.

"The Russians also knew about what Gen. Flynn had done, and the Russians also knew that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others", Yates said.

Meanwhile, the United States administration fiercely denied Trump's contested travel ban deliberately single out Muslims during an appeals court hearing Monday - despite the president's campaign call for a blanket Muslim ban.

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This is risky business that the first choice for National Security Advisor turned out to be a liar in the White House.

Mr Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling.

The Trump White House on Monday confirmed that Obama raised concerns about Flynn in the November meeting. Yates stated that she has no way of knowing "what, if anything" was done about the matter, and that "If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning".

What happened in the 18 days between when the White House received a warning about Flynn and his firing?

"Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows - there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump", Mr Trump said. Spicer later denied that Yates showed serious worry about Flynn's call, and said she simply gave "a heads up" about it.

"Focus on Russians having chance to "blackmail" Flynn is misleading". He's also accused Obama officials of illegally leaking classified information about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak.

"That created a compromise situation, where the national security adviser could essentially be blackmailed by the Russians", she said. Trump's White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in response Monday that if Obama "was seriously concerned" about Flynn's connections to Russian Federation or other foreign countries, he should have withheld Flynn's security clearance.

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