Obama Comments on Trump Russia Scandal.

 

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed the White House in late January that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was compromised by Russia and susceptible to being blackmailed, she said Monday.

“We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised,” she testified at a highly anticipated Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.

Yates said she told White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials and that as a result, public statements by White House officials were inaccurate.

“To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians,” Yates said.

President Donald Trump earlier on Monday launched a preemptive Twitter strike on Yates, whose afternoon testimony on her role in the ousting of Flynn was expected to cast a harsh light on the White House’s handling of his firing.

When Trump blamed the former white house administration Former President Obama was quick to fire back. The New York Times reports:

Yates said she told White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials and that as a result, public statements by White House officials were inaccurate.

Mr. Obama, who had fired Mr. Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Mr. Trump that he would have profound concerns about Mr. Flynn becoming a top national security aide, said the administration officials, who were briefed on the Oval Office conversation. Mr. Trump later ignored the advice, naming Mr. Flynn to be his national security adviser.

Mr. Flynn was forced out of that position after it was revealed that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, amid a continuing investigation into connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump met for the first time in the Oval Office on Nov. 10 in what both men later described as a cordial, 90-minute session in which the outgoing president pledged to do everything he could to support the transition to a new administration.

 

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