In a tweet this morning, President Trump accused former attorney general Sally Yates of leaking classified information to the press. The statement comes as Yates is due to testify before Congress on Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.
It appears President Trump believes Yates leaked information about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to the press in an effort to undermine his administration and create a scandal.
“Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel,” Trump tweeted.
Here is the tweet Trump issued this morning.
Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
He was likely referring to a disputed Jan. 26 exchange in which Yates told White House Counsel Don McGahn about Flynn’s contacts. The Trump administration described this encounter as Yates giving McGahn a “heads –up.” Yates is likely to testify that she expressed alarm and delivered the information as more of a warning. That meeting quickly made its way into news accounts, fed to reporters by anonymous sources.
Trump fired Flynn in February after Flynn misled Vice President Pence about a conversation he had with a Russian official during the transition period. However, Trump has remained publicly protective of Flynn, the controversial retired lieutenant general who was one of Trump’s top advisers and surrogates during the presidential election.
Trump is reportedly unhappy many White House officials have been willing to cast Flynn to the wolves, according to Axios, citing a source familiar with the president’s thinking. Part of Trump’s expected pushback was to highlight that Flynn’s 2015 trip to Russia was carried out under a security clearance granted by the Obama administration. Trump enacted that strategy Monday morning, too.
“General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that,” Trump tweeted.
The Gateway Pundit points out that Yates is a Democrat supporter, whose bias was exposed by WikiLeaks. They posted this tweet with this revelation.
— RepChick🇺🇸 (@RepublicanChick) May 8, 2017
We’ll report more on Yates’ testimony as news breaks.
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