The Justice Department had reportedly warned the White House about Michael Flynn’s alleged contacts with Russian officials days before he resigned from his position as the national security adviser.
But nothing happened.
And one of the two people who issued that warning was none other than former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
The Washington Post reports Yates, along with a senior career national security official, delivered a message to White House counsel Donald McGahn, alerting senior White House officials over the nature of Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
“The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said,” the Post states.
It’s not yet clear what exactly McGahn did with that message.
Although Yates issued a timely warning over Flynn’s contact with Russians and potential dangers associated with it, she was, just a few days later, fired by President Donald Trump over a separate issue: her refusal to defend his discriminatory immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
Fortunately, Yates received a lot of praise for her act of defiance. But the Trump administration said in a statement she had “betrayed the Department of Justice."
Ironically, the same administration didn’t mention words like “betrayal” or “treason” once even after Flynn made it clear he misled (read: blatantly lied to) the Trump administration about his communication with Russian officials.
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