Just two days after the election, Obama urged President-elect Trump not to rehire Flynn, whom he once fired from the Pentagon.
Prior to her testimony, former Obama administration officials told multiple media outlets that President Obama directly warned President-elect Trump against hiring Flynn during their face-to-face meeting in November.
Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump.
The testimony by Yates, who was sacked on January 30 after defying Trump over his contested travel ban, confirmed reports that she had informed the White House early on of the justice department's concerns about Flynn. The issue here was that the President got to the point where General Flynn's relationship - misleading the Vice President and others, or the possibility that he had forgotten critical details of this important conversation had created a critical mass and an unsustainable situation. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said he wants to know how The Washington Post revealed that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had exchanges with Russia's ambassador to the United States in 2016.
Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite leaders of the U.S. intelligence community concluding that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling. And the White House also has blamed President Obama, whom they say originally vetted Flynn, and never mind that Obama also fired Flynn, and then explicitly and personally warned Trump about Flynn.More news: The House Oversight Committee is inviting Comey to testify
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At issue is whether Flynn improperly indicated to Kislyak the Trump administration would ease or reverse economic sanctions former President Barack Obama had imposed on Moscow in retaliation for Russian interference in the USA presidential campaign. Flynn was sacked as head of military intelligence by the Obama administration in 2014 amid questions about his management style and reports of insubordination.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said reaffirmed what has been stated repeatedly: there is NO EVIDENCE of collusion between the Trump campaign in 2016 and the Russians.
Spicer defended the White House process in handling Flynn, even though the former National Security advisor wasn't immediately removed from duty after the warnings.
Another claimed former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates "said nothing but old news" during her Senate testimony earlier in the day.
Yates and Clapper said they did see the names of Americans who have been picked up in the course of intelligence gatherings. Later that day, at the White House, she told him there was an alarming discrepancy between how Trump officials, including Pence, were characterizing Flynn's contacts with Kislyak and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings they'd reviewed.