The Trump Administration does not know to run smoothly. They hire lots of hacks and in the rare situation they do hire quality they seem comfortable with firing. Look how quick the powers that be turned on Sally Yates and during the hearing we were reminded over and over the way Washington used to be.
The story is pretty straightforward. Yates met with White House counsel Don McGahn on Jan. 26 and 27 and had one follow-up phone call to inform the administration of the Department of Justice’s concerns about Flynn. The Washington Post reported back in February that McGahn then “immediately” briefed Trump on the matter. Nonetheless, Flynn participated in an hour-long phone call with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Jan. 28, for which the official read-out was brief and uninformative.
Yates herself was fired two days later, on Jan. 30, ostensibly for her statement that she did not intend to enforce Trump’s hastily thrown together travel ban. Flynn, however, remained at his post for two more weeks, attending high-level meetings and listening in on calls with other foreign leaders. He was only let go after the Washington Post published the story that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the transition, and allowed Vice President Pence to lie to the American people about it. The fact that Trump knew about this and also allowed Pence to continue to lie about it has never been adequately explained. As far as I know, he hasn’t even been asked about it. http://www.salon.com/2017/05/09/sally-yates-speaks-and-the-strange-tale-of-michael-flynn-begins-to-unwind-a-little/
In addition to possible violations of the PRA, Trump’s tweet about Sally Yates is very likely witness tampering, a felony under Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Trump, via Twitter, was clearly attempting to mute Yates’ testimony by accusing her of leaking classified information about Michael Flynn. You remember the leaks, right? At the time, Trump called the leaks about Flynn’s nefarious contact with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, “absolutely real, but the news is fake.” We’re still deciphering that one, but he seemed to have verified that the leaks were accurate and not fabrications, which, in and of itself, should have triggered the appointment of a special prosecutor. http://www.salon.com/2017/05/09/did-donald-trump-try-to-threaten-sally-yates-on-twitter-if-so-he-committed-a-felony/