WASHINGTON, DC – The White House on Tuesday characterized Sally Yates’ January warnings that Michael Flynn could be open to blackmail as merely a “heads up.”
Press Secretary Sean Spicer also alleged that the former acting attorney general, who is from Atlanta, is an anti-Trump partisan.
Spicer defended the White House process in handling Flynn, even though the former National Security advisor wasn’t immediately removed from duty after the warnings.
Spicer described Yates as “someone who is not exactly a supporter of the president's agenda, who a couple of days after this first conversation took place refused to uphold a lawful order of the president's, who was not exactly someone that was excited about President Trump taking office or his agenda.”
Spicer referred to Flynn as a “good man” who President Trump didn’t want to smear.
Flynn was fired in February for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia’s ambassador.
“[Yates] had come here, given us a heads up, told us there were materials, and at the same time we did what we should do,” Spicer said. “Just because someone comes in and gives you a heads up about something and says I want to share some information doesn't mean that you immediately jump the gun and go take an action.”
Yates was initially appointed an assistant U.S. attorney in 1989 by then-President George W. Bush.