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PoliticsTrump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.

00:30  18 may  2019
00:30  18 may  2019 Source:   vox.com

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama warned Donald J. Trump against hiring Michael T. Flynn to Mr. Trump blamed Obama officials on Monday, saying in two Twitter messages that it was his Chris Christie of New Jersey, who led the transition in the days after the election, did not recommend

Former President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Donald Trump about Michael Flynn during their Oval Office meeting two days after the election, current and former administration officials confirmed. Obama and his staff felt Flynn was problematic and prone to what they thought of as

Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.© Win McNamee/Getty Images Obama and Trump shake hands during a White House meeting days after the 2016 election. Obama reportedly warned Trump against hiring Michael Flynn during this meeting.

President Donald Trump wants you to believe that he had no way of knowing about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s shady dealings with Russia before he made him his first national security adviser. In reality, the president is trying to rewrite history.

On Friday, Trump tweeted his lament that nobody warned him about Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who was dismissed from his job as director of national intelligence by then-President Barack Obama in 2014. After his dismissal, Flynn wasted little time cozying up to the Kremlin, and then spent 2016 as one of Trump’s key campaign surrogates.

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Obama made warning when he met Trump in the White House, and Flynn was later forced to resign as Spicer acknowledged that Obama had expressed misgivings about Flynn , a former general, but said My duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did

Former President Obama warned Donald Trump last fall against hiring Michael Flynn , three officials familiar with the conversation confirmed to CBS News' Major Garrett. Obama told Mr. Trump , who was president-elect at the time, to watch out for Flynn and warned him that Flynn would be bad news

“It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge,” Trump tweeted. “It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?”

But news reports indicate otherwise. CNN, citing former Obama administration officials, reported on May 17, 2017, that during a White House meeting days after Trump’s election, Obama told him that “given the importance of the [national security adviser] job, the president through there were better people for it, and that Flynn wasn’t up for the job.” But Trump proceeded with hiring Flynn anyway. Former New Jersey governor and longtime Trump confidant Chris Christie has also said he directly advised Trump against hiring Flynn.

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Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News. The warning , which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat

Obama administration reviewed Flynn 's security clearance, Trump WH says. President Donald Trump is blaming former President Barack Obama for not fully vetting Trump 's But many of them, like the Freedom Caucus, came and I see them all the time, 'We love our president, we’re doing this

“If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn’t let General Flynn into the White House, let alone give him a job,” Christie said in 2017.

Flynn soon illustrated why Obama and Christie had concerns about him. During the presidential transition period, he had phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which he advised Kislyak not to respond to new sanctions the Obama administration placed on Russia for interfering (on Trump’s behalf) in the just-completed presidential election. Not only did Flynn undercut Obama’s foreign policy, but he then lied about it, telling FBI investigators during an interview conducted days after Trump’s inauguration that he and Kislyak did not in fact discuss sanctions.

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Barack Obama warned newly elected President Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser, the White House has confirmed. Mr Obama warned his successor less than 48 hours after the November election during a conversation in the Oval Office

Don’t do it, Donnie. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images. President Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to serve as national security adviser, former Obama administration officials have told NBC and CNN.

Flynn’s lies to the FBI prompted officials to warn Trump once again about Flynn. On January 26, 2017, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates personally informed the White House that Flynn lied to the FBI about his calls with Kislyak, and therefore was at risk of being blackmailed by Russia. But instead of immediately taking action against Flynn, the Trump administration fired Yates three days later, after she refused to implement Trump’s executive order barring people from a number of Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the United States.

Flynn was finally fired on February 13, after it emerged that he had also misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his phone calls with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period. He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017, agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, and is still awaiting sentencing.

Trump, however, has repeatedly tried to blame the whole Flynn debacle on Obama.

Beyond the explicit warnings from Obama and Christie, a number of red flags were raised about Flynn, beginning with his unusual paid trip to Moscow for an RT gala in December 2015 — an event in which he infamously sat directly next to Russian President Vladimir Putin — and continuing throughout 2016.

As the Guardian detailed in March 2017, both US and British intelligence officers were troubled about Flynn’s role in the Trump administration, given his dealings with Russia:

US intelligence officials had serious concerns about Michael Flynn’s appointment as the White House national security adviser because of his history of contacts with Moscow and his encounter with a woman who had trusted access to Russian spy agency records, the Guardian has learned.

US and British intelligence officers discussed Flynn’s “worrisome” behaviour well before his appointment last year by Donald Trump, multiple sources have said.

They raised concerns about Flynn’s ties to Russia and his perceived obsession with Iran. They were also anxious about his capacity for “linear thought” and some actions that were regarded as highly unusual for a three-star general.

Trump, who promised during his campaign to thoroughly vet his appointees, ignored all the red flags and decided to make Flynn his national security adviser anyway. But instead of being accountable for that, he’s now again trying to shift blame.

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During their 90-minute Oval Office conversation right after last year's election, former President Barack Obama warned President Donald Trump against naming former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to the position of national security adviser, NBC News reported Monday.

Flynn apparently did not seek that approval before the RT speech, and he did not report the payment when he applied for renewal of his security clearance two On November 10, 2016, President Obama warned President-elect Trump against hiring Flynn .[94] During their meeting in the Oval Office two

Trump’s tweet comes amid new revelations that his lawyer tried to dissuade Flynn from cooperating with Mueller

Trump’s tweet comes the day after a federal judge unsealed records suggesting that months after Flynn’s firing, the White House took steps to discourage him from fully cooperating with investigators.

In the filing, members of Mueller’s team write that “[t]he defendant informed the government of multiple instances, both before and after his guilty plea, where either he or his attorneys received communications from persons connected to the Administration or Congress that could’ve affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation.”

The filing doesn’t contain additional information about which members of Congress were involved, but according to the Mueller report, Trump’s then-personal attorney — the Washington Post reports the attorney is John Dowd — left a voicemail for Flynn’s attorney in November 2017 and said, “[I]t wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve gone on to make a deal with ... the government.”

Dowd went on to ask Flynn’s attorney for any information they might have had implicating the president, and also seemingly alluded to the possibility of a pardon.

“[I]f... there’s information that implicates the President, then we’ve got a national security issue [so] ... we need some kind of heads-up. Just for the sake of protecting all our interests if we can .... [R]emember what we’ve always said about the President and his feelings toward Flynn and, that still remains,” the voicemail said.

Flynn contacted GOP Mueller critic while cooperating with special counsel

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Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News. The warning , which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat

10. A former Obama official says Obama warned Trump about Michael Flynn , whom Trump later named as his national security adviser. President Barack Obama and then-President-elect Donald Trump shake hands following a meeting in the Oval Office on Nov. 10. A former Obama official says

The public should learn more about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak and the voicemail Dowd left for Flynn’s lawyer soon. According to the Post, the judge ordered prosecutors to make public a transcript of both, and they will be posted on a court website by May 31.

While Mueller concluded that Dowd’s voicemail didn’t rise to the level of prosecutable obstruction of justice, the new revelations suggest the White House was worried about Flynn might tell investigators and was taking bold steps to dissuade him from spilling.

So now, ahead of what could end up being more damaging revelations about his relationship with Flynn, Trump is again trying to distance himself from his former national security adviser, and throwing Obama under the bus in the process.

he news moves fast. To stay updated, follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter, and read more of Vox’s policy and politics coverage.

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