February 13, 2017 Sean Conners Elections, International News, News, Politics 0
UPDATE: NBC News’s Kristen Welker and CNN are reporting that Michael Flynn has resigned. See the original story and videos below to learn about the events leading up to the resignation and why this story might be far from over despite the resignation.
Remember Sally Yates? She was the acting Attorney General who was fired by Donald Trump for “defying” him in declining to enforce the so-called “travel ban” because she believed it to be illegal and/or Constitutional. Turns out, since that firing, at least 4 Judges and many other bright legal minds have agreed with her assessment. Acting A.G. Yates did at least one other thing during her time at the justice department. Something else that is simply mindblowing in both what she told the Trump administration and how they reacted — or didn’t react, apparently.
The Washington Post is reporting that before her firing, she told senior administration officials that the Justice Department believed that General Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, had mislead F.B.I. investigators in regards to his denials about discussing sanctions with the Russians. Doing so, by many expert opinions, would be highly illegal. In addition to that, Justice Department experts feared the cover-up and real truth about the matter could have been leaked by the Russians. That could put Flynn and possibly the administration in a compromising position in any negotiation or dealings with the Kremlin. That is why they informed White House counsel about the truth.
The Post goes on to report that Yates and the Justice Department were hardly alone in her view;
In the waning days of the Obama administration, James R. Clapper Jr., who was the director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, shared Yates’s concerns and concurred with her recommendation to inform the Trump White House. They feared that “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position” and thought that Pence had a right to know that he had been misled, according to one of the officials, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
They also added that while The Justice Department believes that Flynn was misleading the administration, they could not yet rule out that Flynn was acting and denying with the administration’s knowledge of the actual truth. If such a thing were true, and Vice President Mike Pence knew and still went out on national T.V. and lied to protect Flynn — can you say Benghazi II?
This could be a major scandal regardless of which way the facts lead. The obvious questions will begin with “who knew what, and when did they know it?”
Tonight, Rachel Maddow interviewed the reporter who broke the story in the Post, national security reporter Adam Entous. According to him, there are a lot of questions remaining including whether or not Pence was privy to the truth or if the White House counsel did anything at all with this important national security information. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell is also reporting about rumblings about “what did the President know, and when did he know it?” In addition, this casts new shadows on the firing of Yates and was there more than the disagreement over the travel ban in her firing?