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Robert Gates Doubts that Mike Flynn was Blackmailed by the Russians

The former Secretary of Defense expressed skepticism that anyone would allow themselves to be blackmailed over lying to a colleague.

In an interview with Face the Nation on Sunday, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed doubt that former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn would have allowed himself to be blackmailed over his lie to Vice President Mike Pence.

“In all honesty, I think it’s kind of a stretch,” Gates said, referring to possible blackmailing.

“It’s one thing if somebody working for the U.S. government has sold secrets to the other side. It’s another if they have something in their personal life that they’re hiding for which they could be blackmailed,” he continued.

However, a simple lie to the Vice President, while “a problem,” did not reach the same level in Gates’ view.

“It’s hard for me to believe anybody would allow themselves to be blackmailed by the Russians because they didn’t tell the full story or tell the truth to the Vice President of the United States,” he said.