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Former official says she warned White House about Flynn

20 May 2017

Trump's White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in response Monday that if Obama "was seriously concerned" about Flynn's connections to Russian Federation or other foreign countries, he should have withheld Flynn's security clearance.

The reference noted that although the meaning of the word "fulsome" is muddled and context is key, it can "indicate abundance, but it can also express disapproval of excessive flattery".

She warned the White House its then National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn wasn't telling the whole story about his conversation with Russia's ambassador. Flynn resigned from his post in February after it was revealed that, contrary to his earlier claims, he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador before Trump was inaugurated.

That testimony was the aspect of Monday's hearings that Trump and his White House focused on most.

"President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

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Obama gave the warning in an Oval Office meeting with Trump two days after the Republican's surprise November 8 election win. Spicer refused to tell reporters what was contained in Yates' documents but did tell us that McGahn was doing his due diligence and leading his own investigation into the matter.

Yates testified that she had been so concerned over Flynn being "compromised" and open to "blackmail" that she had two meetings with Trump's White House lawyer, Don McGahn, to whom she expressed her fears. The appointment of Flynn and his eventual sacking has become central to a congressional probe into allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election and of possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) directly asked Yates on Monday whether she leaked information to the media or whether she asked the intelligence community to reveal Flynn's identity to her. Trump's now galling attempt to pawn off his decision to elevate Flynn on the fact that Obama, who fired him, had granted him a security clearance. Michael Flynn, and what Yates knew of Russian election interference.

According to NBC News, when Mr. Trump was just a president-elect, he sat down with then-President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, President Trump blasted the hearing, saying there was nothing new. One of Flynn's calls with Kislyak came on December 29, the day Obama levelled sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for the election hacking. Flynn's conversations with Kislyak are believed to have been monitored as part of normal US intelligence collections on the communications of foreign officials. But it seems that the president of the most powerful country, Donald Trump, did not want to be left behind when it comes to social media embarrassments.

Former official says she warned White House about Flynn