White House staff in "survival mode ... scared to death"
Here's a twist that has top GOP sources buzzing:
- On Jan. 26, Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, tells the White House that national security adviser Mike Flynn — who has just been grilled by FBI agents — had, in fact, discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the transition, despite denying it, and therefore is vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
- Four days later, on Jan. 30, Trump fires Yates, citing her unwillingness to enforce his border order.
- Two weeks after her heads-up to the White House, the Flynn secret explodes.
"They had to know she was radioactive, and that there would be consequences," said a West Wing confidant. "It was either reckless, or total incompetence. It leads back to the fact that nobody is in charge."
A top source described "borderline chaos" in the White House.
"Some staff is in survival mode ... scared to death," the source said.