As reported here and elsewhere, the Trump administration has been attempting to shirk any and all responsibility for the ongoing Michael Flynn debacle. This, despite the fact that Flynn served as a key surrogate for Trump during the campaign, and the fact that, you know, Trump appointed him as his national security advisor. Still, Sean Spicer and others within the White House continue to assert that they knew nothing of Flynn’s improper ties to foreign governments, and that any security lapses were the fault of the Obama administration.
If new reporting is accurate, these assertions are provably false. Reports CNN, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates “is prepared to testify before a Senate panel next week that she gave a forceful warning to the White House regarding then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn nearly three weeks before he was fired, contradicting the administration’s version of events.”
“In a private meeting January 26, Yates told White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was lying when he denied in public and private that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia in conversations with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak. Flynn’s misleading comments, Yates said, made him potentially vulnerable to being compromised by Russia.”
As you may recall, Yates was the acting attorney general of the United States when Trump took office. When she declined to defend Trump’s discredited Muslim ban, Trump unceremoniously dismissed her from her post.