White House Spokesman Sean Spicer called former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates 'a political opponent' while he was being questioned about her Senate testimony on President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House Spokesman Sean Spicer called former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates a 'political opponent' of President Trump's, a day after she testified at a Senate hearing about Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "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," Spicer said. "If you flip the scenario and say, what if you just dismiss somebody, because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance, you'd argue that it's pretty irrational to act in that matter." "The bottom line is the president fired him from misleading the vice president," Spicer said. Describing reports that Flynn had misrepresented his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, Yates said in a Senate hearing she was concerned that "the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians."