Why didn’t White House fire Michael Flynn as soon as then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates told them that Russia had potentially compromised the former national security adviser?
Because, President Donald Trump told NBC News reporter Lester Holt in an interview aired Thursday, that the matter “did not sound like an emergency.”
Trump said his White House Counsel, Don McGahn, gave him that impression, but added that “she didn’t make it sound that way either, in the hearings the other day, that it had to be done immediately.” Trump was evidently referring to Yates’ testimony last week, where she revealed she had told McGahn back in January that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he’d had with a Russian official, and that Russia might use those dealings to blackmail Flynn. But it was another 18 days before the White House ultimately fired Flynn.
Trump added, “I believe that it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don’t even know and immediately run out and fire a general.”
Again, that “somebody who we don’t even know” was the acting attorney general of the United States.