White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday Michael Flynn's brief stay in the White House ended after the proper protocols were followed, dismissing suggestions Flynn was only fired after his dealings with Russia became public.
Spicer was asked about the Flynn matter at the top of the briefing, and he used the opportunity to clear up some facts.
"Let's look at the timeline," Spicer said. "[Former acting Attorney General] Sally Yates came here on the 26th of January. Then she informed the counsel's office that there were materials that were relevant to the situation. It wasn't until about seven days later that they had access to those documents.
"After that time, they did what you should do, frankly, as an element of due process, reviewing the situation. They informed the president after they were informed of her giving us a heads up."
Spicer said the decision to fire Flynn, who did not disclose his relationship with Russia and the fact he gave a paid speech there in 2015, was the right one after all the information was reviewed.
"Ultimately the president made a decision, and it was the right one," Spicer said. "The process worked, frankly, when you think of the time in which we had the information to make the decision that the president made."
Reporters peppered Spicer with questions throughout the briefing one day after Yates appeared on Capitol Hill and said she warned the White House that Flynn could have been compromised by the Russians.
Spicer admitted Yates' timeline of when she told the White House about her suspicions regarding Flynn was correct. He noted, however, "| don't think there's 100 percent agreement about how she describes everything."
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