Sean Spicer Dismisses Sally Yates As ‘Strong Supporter’ of Clinton, ‘Political Opponent’ of Trump
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified to great praise yesterday, but Sean Spicer was dismissive and unimpressed today during his press briefing at the White House.
Sure, Yates was called on to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’ Crime and Terrorism subcommittee about the Donald Trump campaign and administration’s possible ties to Russia, but to Spicer, she’s nothing more than a “political opponent” of the president.
He said this:
One thing that’s important to note is let’s look at again how this came down. Someone who is not exactly a supporter of the president’s agenda who a couple days after this first conversation took place refused to uphold a lawful order of the president, who is not exactly someone that was excited about President Trump taking office or his agenda. Hold on. Let me answer the question. She had come here, given a heads-up, told us there were materials and at the same time, we did what we should do. Just because someone comes in and gives you a heads-up about something and says I want to share some information doesn’t mean you immediately jump the gun and go take an action. I think if you flip the scenario and say what if we had just dismissed somebody because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance, you would argue it was pretty irrational to act in that manner. We did what we were supposed to do. The president made ultimately the right decision. I think he was proven that —
When he faced pushback on that, Spicer called Yates “appointed by the Obama Administration, a strong supporter of Clinton.”
A strong supporter of Hillary Clinton? Where did he come up with that? A reporter asked him moments later and he responded like this:
He more or less said he’d heard that there were “rumors” Yates would be selected to work in a Clinton administration, which meant — to him — that she was a Clinton supporter and “opponent” of Trump’s.
Do note that other Republicans don’t see it that way at all. Yesterday, Lindsey Graham called Yates “incredibly credible” for doing what he saw as the right thing when she raised her concerns about Mike Flynn.
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