"From Seth Abramson Twitter Feed:
(THREAD) Yates sets emergency WH meeting; reveals Flynn is compromised; urges action; Trump talks to staff; they ask Yates JUST 4 QUESTIONS:
QUESTION #1: "Why do you care?" That's right. Trump wanted McGahn to find out why DOJ would CARE that the NSA had been compromised by Putin.
QUESTION #2: "Will you prosecute?" Trump made clear via McGahn he had no intention of punishing Flynn for lying to the FBI. But did the DOJ?
QUESTION #3: "Aren't we justified in doing nothing?" Via McGahn, Trump implied FBI investigation of Flynn was a reason NOT to fire him. Huh?
QUESTION #4: "What's your proof?" Despite a detailed proffer by the Attorney General, Trump was MOST interested in seeing what the DOJ had.
None of these reactions are what you'd expect from a president who's just learned his NatSec chief has been comprised by a geopolitical foe.
And yet, what's even stranger than the preceding five tweets in this thread are the four ACTIONS the Trump White House thereafter took.
ACTION #1: Within 72 hours of Sally Yates blowing the whistle on Flynn being compromised—susceptible to kompromat—Trump summarily FIRED HER.
ACTION #2: Trump brought Flynn into MANY classified settings: a call with Putin; a meeting with Prime Minister Abe; North Korea discussions.
ACTION #3: Trump did NOTHING to correct (nor showed any signs of INTENDING to correct) misstatements Flynn AND Pence had made to the nation.
ACTION #4: Trump fired Flynn ONLY when The Washington Post caught him in a cover-up, THEN said that Flynn (yes, FLYNN!) had been MISTREATED."
From "The Week:""...the Trump White House was given a full accounting of Flynn's lies and the damage they could have caused. We also know that McGahn's office was concerned enough about Yates' briefing that he followed up with her immediately to figure out how much trouble Flynn was in and what consequences any action against Flynn might have.
According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump himself was made aware of all this immediately after Yates first briefed McGahn.
With this information in his possession, Trump did nothing.
Flynn stayed at his job for nearly three more weeks and was involved in top-level national security policy decisions, even though Trump was fully aware that he was potentially compromised and had not been truthful with senior administration officials."
"...the "biggest story" yesterday was not that of "surveillance," nor that of "fake news," nor the "total hoax" of collusion nor Yates's "old news" testimony. The real story is that of a dunderheaded president determined, at best, to protect a duplicitous snake; at worst, to knowingly harbor an anti-American mole.
As for Trump's tweeted claim that Clapper merely "reiterated what everybody … already knows — there is 'no evidence' of collusion w/ Russia and Trump," that too was a deliberate fallacy. In fact, Clapper made clear that his earlier remark of "no evidence" was made in his unawarenness of the FBI's "counterintelligence investigation" of Flynn.
What we're left with is a president who's either dangerously ignorant or intentionally untruthful; a villainous, one-man propaganda machine; a highest-office threat to America's national security — in short, a borderline-treasonous loser himself. And he's just getting started.
Pray that our borderline-treasonous Congress has a change of mind, and itself gets started in removing the threat."