Obama warned Trump Not to Hire Flynn, NBC News Reports

Monday, the same day, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is to appear before the Senate subcommittee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, NBC News is reporting that former President Obama personally, warned incoming President Trump not to hire Lt. General Michael Flynn. Flynn became the National Security advisor in the Trump administration but was dismissed after Yates reported to White House Counsel that Flynn had lied about phone conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

NBC News and CNN is reporting that officials with the Obama administration have told the news agencies that the conversation between the incoming President and the sitting President came in November during a 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office. Per three former officials, Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn. The Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, due to mismanagement and the temperament of Flynn.

The news also comes on the heels of President Trump taking to his favorite form of communication Twitter, Monday morning. Trump tweeted that “General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.” Once again, taking aim at the Obama administration. It may be the breaking point that caused the officials speaking out about the Flynn conversation that took place between Trump and Obama.

President Trump was not done though, taking shots to defend his administration against charges of covering up for Flynn by attacking his former Attorney General. Trump tweeted, “ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.” The President continues to defend the man he fired, Michael Flynn. In April, Trump stated again that it was Obama who gave Flynn clearance. Trump stated, “And when he went to Russia, I didn’t realize this, when he went to Russia, it was 2015, and he was on the Obama clearance.”

Monday afternoon, many questions may be answered as Sally Yates is sworn in to answer questions, truthfully, on what she told and what she knew of Flynn’s involvement with foreign countries, his financial ties to Russia and what “alternative facts” Flynn told the administration, the Vice President and the White House counsel.


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