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President Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Michael Flynn At White House Meeting In November


President Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Michael Flynn At White House Meeting In November

Former President Obama warned President Trump against hiring Michael Flynn at a White House meeting last November, according to three former officials from the Obama administration.

The former Obama administration officials told NBC News that Trump and Obama discussed Flynn’s role at a Nov. 10 meeting at the White House. The revelation comes hours before former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify Monday about concerns she raised to the Trump administration about the former national security adviser’s contact with Russia’s ambassador, reports the Hill.

It was during that conversation that Obama reportedly warned Trump against hiring Flynn as his national security adviser.
In recent weeks, Trump has been blaming the Obama administration for failing to properly vet Flynn. On Monday, he tweeted that the “fake news” media rarely reports that Obama gave Flynn “the highest security clearance.”

Obama fired Flynn from his job leading the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, but kept an active security clearance, which was re-issued by the Trump administration in January. Flynn was a prominent critic of both Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

In a Monday morning tweet, President Trump noted: “General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama administration, but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.”

NBC News adds:

It’s true that Flynn got his top level security clearance renewed in January 2016, but what Trump didn’t mention is that Flynn should have received a far more thorough vetting in advance of his becoming national security adviser, a job that allows access to the nation’s most closely-held secrets. What was the nature of that vetting, and did it raise any flags about Flynn’s lobbying work for Turkish interests during the campaign, or his paid appearance on behalf of Russian state media, both now under scrutiny by law enforcement agencies? The White House hasn’t said.


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