Spicer continued, "I think if you flip this scenario and say, what if we had just dismissed someone because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance, you would argue that it was pretty irrational to act in that manner".
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, specifically about the doings of Michael Flynn.
He told reporters Yates was "not exactly a supporter of the president's agenda", an apparent reference to her firing over ordering the Justice Department to not defend Trump's initial executive order banning individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Sally Yates didn't bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White House and Russian Federation.
- CNN (@CNN) May 9, 2017REPORTER: First you said that Sally Yates was a "strong supporter of Hillary Clinton", what is that based on?
Spicer added that he was not aware of any security restrictions placed on Flynn after the warning.
Meanwhile, the U.S. 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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US President Donald Trump insisted there is no evidence he colluded with Russia after a Senate hearing that highlighted warnings that his former national security advisor was vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Trump has since repeated the allegation that the 44th president ordered surveillance of him and his campaign associates, again without any evidence.
What was his role at the White House in those 18 days? "To state the obvious, you don't want the national security adviser compromised by the Russians".
Spicer, the White House press secretary, said Yates had come to the White House on January 26. But President Donald Trump waited 18 days before showing Flynn the door for lying to Pence.
Also scheduled to testify is James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence who attracted attention for a March television interview in which he said that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation at the time he left government in January.
"This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information", she said.
"Sally Yates has a almost three-decade record of public service as a prosecutor at the Department of Justice, where she steadfastly and consistently followed the facts and the law", he said. Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, declined because her attorney said the invitation came late and without bipartisan consent.
"Focus on Russians having chance to "blackmail" Flynn is misleading". Trump has denied that his aides were involved in the hacking of Democratic groups, but the investigations could cast a shadow over his White House for years.
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