Sean Hannity: Trump Will Soon Reveal ‘Five Different Buckets’ of Secret Info on FBI Corruption


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According to Fox News megastar Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump is sitting on a bombshell of information that could expose significant amounts of corruption under the Department of Justice. Speaking on his radio show Monday afternoon, Hannity addressed speculations that the President unfairly fired members of the FBI because they were investigating Russia. “Comey deserved to be fired,” said Hannity. “Sally Yates deserved to be fired. Frankly, there are a bunch of people still there that need to be fired.” Hannity, a longtime friend of the President, said he is hopeful and cautiously optimistic that equal justice will be promoted under newly appointed Attorney General William Barr. He added the corruption that occurred under former attorneys general, including Jeff Sessions, are yet to be exposed. “We know that the President has five different buckets of information that he’s holding in his hand that will reveal corruption Continue reading "Sean Hannity: Trump Will Soon Reveal ‘Five Different Buckets’ of Secret Info on FBI Corruption"

Sally Yates Warns Russians are ‘Pretty Crafty’ When It Comes to Blackmail, Compromising Dirt


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During a rare interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates recalled her concern over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and said she was still bewildered by the White House’s delay in taking action following her warning that he might be compromised by Russia.
“I certainly can’t figure it out myself as to why they took all of that time,” she said, referencing the 18 days that passed before President Donald Trump‘s administration addressed the matter.
Yates explained she was persistent, and “came knocking on the door telling them they had a serious problem with their national security adviser,” even returning the following day “to give them even more information about that and made it really clear to them that we were telling them this so they could act.”

Sally Yates on Trump’s ‘Spygate’ Demands: ‘He’s Taken the Assault on the Rule of Law to a New Level’


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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is sounding the alarms about President Donald Trump‘s recent demands for an investigation into whether or not the “FBI/DOJ” spied on his campaign. On May 20, Trump called for an investigation into “whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Branding it “Spygate,” he also warned a few days later, the presence of spies in his campaign “could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!”

Sally Yates on Trump’s Calls to Investigate FBI: He’s Conducting An ‘All-Out Assault On The Rule of Law’


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Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had a strong warning about President Donald Trump‘s actions – both prior and recent – regarding the Justice Department. In an interview on Morning Joe Monday, Yates said that by asking the DOJ to investigate whether there was a politically-motivated FBI informant in his campaign, Trump just crossed a new line. “I think what we’re seeing here is the president has taken his all-out assault of the rule of law to a new level and this time he is ordering up an investigation of the investigators who are examining his own campaign. You know, that’s really shocking,” she said. “I know it was just a tweet but he did say something to the effect of, if I recall correctly, ‘I hereby order.’ And we saw the Justice Department respond to that, she added. “I think [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein is trying Continue reading "Sally Yates on Trump’s Calls to Investigate FBI: He’s Conducting An ‘All-Out Assault On The Rule of Law’"

Sally Yates Warns Trump Against Firing Rosenstein: ‘No One is Above the Law’


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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned President Donald Trump on Saturday against firing current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Speculation that Trump would fire Rosenstein — which is widely seen as the president’s path to disposing of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia — reached a fever pitch on Friday. Unless he removes certain regulations, Trump can’t fire Mueller himself, although he can direct Rosenstein to do so. But it’s an order the deputy attorney general has said he would refuse. Meanwhile, Rosenstein has become a target of Trump’s furious (and public) criticism, and has reportedly told confidants he is ready to be fired. Republican lawmakers have been relatively quiet on the prospect, but Democrats have firmly warned Trump that such a move would prompt a constitutional crisis. And now another Trump foe is jumping into the mix: Sally Yates, who was Continue reading "Sally Yates Warns Trump Against Firing Rosenstein: ‘No One is Above the Law’"

WH Lawyer Reportedly Told Trump in January That Michael Flynn Misled the FBI


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White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly told President Trump in January that Michael Flynn had given inaccurate information to the FBI, CNN is reporting. The question of what the President knew at the time was raised by this Saturday tweet, which Trump lawyer John Dowd claimed authorship of: First, the Washington Post last night reported that Dowd said “the president knew in late January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had probably given FBI agents the same inaccurate account he provided to Vice President Pence about a call with the Russian ambassador.” He continued:
Dowd confirmed Sunday that he had drafted Continue reading "WH Lawyer Reportedly Told Trump in January That Michael Flynn Misled the FBI"

Sally Yates Slams ‘Shamelessly Unpatriotic’ Trump For Embracing Putin ‘Again’


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Sally Yates celebrated Veterans Day this year by slamming the “shamelessly unpatriotic” president of the United States for his “embrace” of Vlaidmir Putin. The former deputy attorney general took aim at President Donald Trump via Twitter, stating, “POTUS embraces Putin yet again telling world he believes former KGB agent’s denial of attack on our election over our own Intel public servants, calling them ‘political hacks.’ Disturbing and shamelessly unpatriotic, on Veterans Day no less.” Yates tweeted this in response to Trump stating he believes Putin when the Russian president claims he did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election. “He said he didn’t Continue reading "Sally Yates Slams ‘Shamelessly Unpatriotic’ Trump For Embracing Putin ‘Again’"

Sally Yates: Trump Attacks on DOJ Violate ‘Bedrock Principle of Our Democracy’


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Sally Yates. Remember her? After being fired by Donald Trump as Acting Attorney General, the former prosecutor seems to have found her new calling, as a liberal Twitter hero. After announcing her entry to the social network on June 23 with a post was retweeted 43,000 times (not too shabby for a first effort) Yates has tweeted sparingly. In fact, she issued her third tweet ever on Wednesday. In it, she decried Donald Trump’s attack on the Department of Justice during a recent New York Times interview and accused the president of undermining a “bedrock principle of our democracy” Like her previously pronouncements, the tweet went instantly viral racking up thousands of retweets in just two hours. In her previous tweets Continue reading "Sally Yates: Trump Attacks on DOJ Violate ‘Bedrock Principle of Our Democracy’"

‘The Russians Had Real Leverage’: Sally Yates Explains Why Michael Flynn Had To Go


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On Tuesday, CNN teased what promises to be an intriguing interview with former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates famously warned the Trump administration that Gen. Michael Flynn had been compromised by the Russians 18 days before Flynn was finally fired as National Security Adviser. “Was the underlying conduct illegal? Was illegality involved?” asked Anderson Cooper. “There was certainly a criminal statute that was implicated by his conduct,” Yates replied. That careful answer seems to have set the tone for Yates, a public official known for choosing her comments on the Michael Flynn scandal very carefully. Yates also again denied claims originally emanating from President Trump’s Twitter timeline that she had leaked or ordered the leaking of classified information to the Washington Post. “I think that this was a serious compromise situation,” said Yates of Flynn’s Russia connections. “The Russians had real leverage. He also had lied to the Continue reading "‘The Russians Had Real Leverage’: Sally Yates Explains Why Michael Flynn Had To Go"

Tapper Mocks Trump on Flynn: ‘Never Took the President That Long to Fire Someone on The Apprentice‘


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Following former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony yesterday, the media’s attention has been laser-focused on the 18-day period between Yates informing the White House of then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn being potentially compromised by Russia and Flynn’s ouster. So, of course, CNN’s Jake Tapper made sure to mention this at the beginning of his program today, replete with his trademark dry wit. “It never took the president that long to fire someone on The Apprentice,” the anchor noted at the top of The Lead this afternoon, obviously referencing President Donald Trump’s previous occupation of firing people on television. During the lead segment, Tapper brought up White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying the White House didn’t know how to take the warning from Yates because they thought she was a Hillary Clinton supporter. The host pointed out this was a “stunning admission, ” and it speaks to Continue reading "Tapper Mocks Trump on Flynn: ‘Never Took the President That Long to Fire Someone on The Apprentice‘"

CNN’s Dana Bash Rebuts Spicer: Warning About Flynn Sounds Like More Than a ‘Heads-Up’


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During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer downplayed the warnings one-time acting Attorney General Sally Yates gave the White House about then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn potentially being compromised by Russia, describing them as merely a “heads-up.” Following the briefing, CNN correspondent Dana Bash mocked the press secretary over his comments, noting that pointing out a top White House official may be under threat of blackmail by an adversary doesn’t really fit the portrayal of a “heads-up.” “To me, heads-up is ‘Hey, Mom, put on CNN, I’m going to be on Brooke’s show,’ not ‘Oh my gosh, there’s a matter of national security and your national security advisor could be compromised by the Russians,'” Bash said. “You need to know this. To me, they are very different.” CNN political analyst Gloria Borger added that Spicer making this observation was similar Continue reading "CNN’s Dana Bash Rebuts Spicer: Warning About Flynn Sounds Like More Than a ‘Heads-Up’"

Spicer Explains ’18 Days’ to Fire Flynn, Says Trump Won’t ‘Smear a Good Man’


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Following confirmation over the past couple of days that then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had informed the White House in January that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could potentially be blackmailed by Russia, but Flynn remained on the job for an additional 18 days, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was grilled on this growing controversy. Pushed by The Daily Caller‘s Kaitlan Collins at today’s press briefing on why President Donald Trump waited so long to act and if he would have even done so if it weren’t for the Washington Post‘s report on Flynn, Spicer responded that they acted in “an element of due process reviewing the situation.” “Ultimately the president made the decision and it was the right one,” he added. “I think the process worked, frankly, when you think of the time in which we had the information to make the decision that Continue reading "Spicer Explains ’18 Days’ to Fire Flynn, Says Trump Won’t ‘Smear a Good Man’"

Sean Spicer Dismisses Sally Yates As ‘Strong Supporter’ of Clinton, ‘Political Opponent’ of Trump


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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 Continue reading "Sean Spicer Dismisses Sally Yates As ‘Strong Supporter’ of Clinton, ‘Political Opponent’ of Trump"

Fox News Wants You to Know That There is ‘NO EVIDENCE’ Behind Russian-Trump Collusion Claims


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It is no mystery that — when it comes to cable news at least — we live in a pretty Balkanized world of media consumption. So it should come as little surprise that various outlets have different angles of focus on big news days. Take for example yesterday’s testimony of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates regarding former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, allegations of his being compromised by Russians, and the larger issue of potential collusion between Russian intel and the Trump campaign. Earlier we brought to light CNN New Day‘s apparent (and reasonable) obsession with the eighteen day period between Yates’ reporting of concerns to the White House and the time it took for President Trump to ask for his resignation. 18 days. On the other side of the dial are our old friends — and yes, ratings dominant — Fox News. The lead Continue reading "Fox News Wants You to Know That There is ‘NO EVIDENCE’ Behind Russian-Trump Collusion Claims"

Sen. Dick Durbin: ‘I Did Groan’ at Ted Cruz During Sally Yates Hearing


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Senator Dick Durbin confirmed to MSNBC on Tuesday that he did audibly make his displeasure known to colleague Ted Cruz during the Sally Yates hearing on Monday. “There is a report that at one point, you audibly groaned at Senator Cruz when he claimed that Sally Yates was acting partisan yesterday. Did you?” Hallie Jackson wondered. “Well, I didn’t know it was so audible, but yes, I did groan,” Durbin revealed. Senator Durbin explained that his reaction was “because he spent his entire period of time attacking Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Susan Rice, and Sally Yates — instead of asking the most  basic questions about General [Michael] Flynn and his connection with the Russians.” Jackson followed up by asking the senator what his “takeaway” was from the hearing. Durbin contended, in part, that Flynn remaining in the White House was “a dereliction of duty on Continue reading "Sen. Dick Durbin: ‘I Did Groan’ at Ted Cruz During Sally Yates Hearing"

Huckabee: Totally Normal For Politicians to ‘Say Stuff in Campaigns They Know They Can’t Hold Up’


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During a Fox interview on America’s Newsroom, Mike Huckabee somewhat suggested that President Trump acted like most politicians when he campaigned on promises and rhetoric that may not necessarily be fulfilled. The former 2016 Republican candidate was with Bill Hemmer on Tuesday to discuss Sally Yates‘ appearance before the Senate. The conversation particularly focused on how the Trump administration fired Yates as acting Attorney General after she said she wouldn’t implement Trump’s travel ban executive orders. Huckabee bashed Yates by saying her actions were “total politics,” as was the Ninth Circuit Court when they ruled the ban unconstitutional. Hemmer brought up how Trump’s executive orders are currently being challenged in the Fourth Circuit, where the Trump campaign’s statements about a Muslim ban have been invoked as part of the arguments against the halt on immigration. When Hemmer asked if Trump’s statement can be disputed “in a legal sense,” Continue reading "Huckabee: Totally Normal For Politicians to ‘Say Stuff in Campaigns They Know They Can’t Hold Up’"

18 Days: Watch CNN New Day‘s Obsession With How Long it Took Trump to Fire Michael Flynn


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Eighteen days passed between the time then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates approached White House counsel about her concerns that Gen. Michael Flynn had been compromised by Russian intelligence and that President Donald Trump asked for the resignation from the NSA director. 18 days. Why 18 days? It’s a great question that came up, repeatedly, during today’s New Day on CNN. It’s a significant time, especially if the National Security Advisor is any way a security threat to US intelligence operations as was suggested by Ms. Yates during her testimony in front of the Senate investigative hearing yesterday. “We believed General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians” was the initial headline that came from yesterday’s hearing, and it’s certainly reasonable to question the time it took to relieve Flynn of his duties. 18 days. Came up a LOT on CNN this morning. Watch the clip above, lovingly edited Continue reading "18 Days: Watch CNN New Day‘s Obsession With How Long it Took Trump to Fire Michael Flynn"

Mike Barnicle Disses Ted Cruz: ‘Thinks He’s Just the Smartest Person in the Room’


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Based solely on the interaction that Senator Ted Cruz had with former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates during yesterday’s Senate committee hearing, it appears that Cruz is the early leader for the Mediaite’s “Loser of the Day.” It was the testy exchange that focused on the specific statues that were at the foundation of Ms. Yates’ decision to claim President Trump‘s failed Travel Ban to be unlawful, a clip that has been edited and seemingly shared on the feed of every left-of-center member of Facebook. It also caught the attention of the Morning Joe panel, who took turns ridiculing how badly Cruz was “pwned’ by Ms. Yates. But it was Mike Barnicle who best described what many find to be most distasteful part of Cruz’s mien. “He has an intellectual contempt,” Barnicle ripped, continuing “he thinks he’s just the smartest person in the room.” Based on Continue reading "Mike Barnicle Disses Ted Cruz: ‘Thinks He’s Just the Smartest Person in the Room’"

‘I’m Always Right’: Mika Brzezinski Passionately Defends Her On-Air ‘Meltdowns’


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Mika Brzezinski has a message for you: She’s always right. On Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe, Mika, Joe and all the regulars gathered to dissect the Sally Yates hearings. The former Deputy Attorney General delivered testimony to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee yesterday about how the White House ignored her warnings about Gen. Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. “It’s interesting, Mika, that Donald Trump referred to the investigation of General Flynn as a witch hunt,” said Scarborough. “Even after he has all of this information, even after he fires him himself, he is still, for some reason, trying to defend this man, who did things that were indefensible,” “It does raise questions about the amount of money that Trump has probably gotten funded through Russia for all of his personal interests,” Brzezinski added. The co-host then extolled her own predictive powers, segueing into a larger diatribe against Trump and the Continue reading "‘I’m Always Right’: Mika Brzezinski Passionately Defends Her On-Air ‘Meltdowns’"

CNN’s Toobin: ‘Extremely Chilling’ to Think Flynn Might Still Be in White House If Not For Leaks


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If the Washington Post hadn’t reported on Lt. General Michael Flynn‘s conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak (which ran contrary to his denials), would Flynn still be National Security Advisor? At least one prominent CNN analyst seems to think so. Appearing on The Situation Room Monday following the testimony of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, Jeffrey Toobin zeroed in on the more than two-week-long period after Yates informed Trump administration officials that Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail from Russia. Toobin was flabbergasted that Flynn remained in his post during that time. “What happens after she says it twice in two meetings?” Toobin said. “What happens is nothing. Absolutely nothing until the Washington Post reports that Flynn has been compromised. And only then is Michael Flynn fired.” Toobin then went further, saying that he believes the Trump administration had no interest in Continue reading "CNN’s Toobin: ‘Extremely Chilling’ to Think Flynn Might Still Be in White House If Not For Leaks"