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Obama warned Trump about hiring Flynn

09 May 2017

In an Oval Office meeting with Trump two days after the November election, Obama told his successor that there were more qualified candidates for the crucial White House post, according to one official.

The Senate Russia investigators may have maintained the air of being the adults in Congress investigating Russia's interference. The Republican leader of the subcommittee asked Rice to be part of it, but the ranking Democrat did not.

Yates' concern: Flynn was subject to blackmail by Russia because it had become clear he was lying about his December 29 conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Yates, who was testifying at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said she first warned the White House of the Department of Justice's concerns on January 26. The Russians can use compromised material in a variety of situations - our concern was that you have a very sensitive position as a national security adviser.

As soon as she read the details of Michael Flynn's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at the end of January, Yates called White House counsel Don McGahn and said they needed to talk in private, she testified.

He asked why, if Flynn was so bad, had Obama never revoked his security clearance. Flynn was turfed after reports of his dishonesty surfaced in The Washington Post.

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Trump himself weighed in ahead of the hearing, suggesting on Twitter that the Obama administration was to blame since it granted Flynn a high-level security clearance. Flynn had been fired by the Obama administration as the head of the military's intelligence branch.

As Yates said her decision not to defend the ban hinged on it being "unlawful" and 'unconstitutional, ' Kennedy was playing gotcha by asking the former top Justice Department official who, exactly, made that call. He also pointed out that the Russian hacking campaign during the 2016 presidential election had been cheap, easy and most importantly, successful.

President Donald Trump fired Yates that same day for her refusal to support the administration's controversial travel ban. Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, declined because her attorney said the invitation came late and without bipartisan consent.

"Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information", Yates said.

A fired USA federal employee says she tried sounding the alarm with the White House that Donald Trump's top national security official was vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russian government.

After the hearing Monday, Trump tweeted: "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

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"We were really concerned about the compromise here and that is why we were encouraging them to act, " she said. Trump also has dismissed the allegations, suggesting instead that Obama might have wiretapped his Trump Tower in NY or that China may have been behind the cyber attacks.

Some Republicans veered away from questions about Russia's alleged involvement in the election to focus on issues such as whether Obama administration officials had improperly revealed the names of Trump administration officials contained in surveillance records.

The hearing comes amid congressional probes into Russia's influence on the election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The revelation came after interviews with a host of former US officials, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive national security information. Yates said that in her meetings, McGahn "demonstrated that he understood this was serious". Intelligence officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have all agreed Russian Federation launched its cyberattacks throughout the campaign to prevent Clinton from becoming president. There's no evidence yet that there was any sort of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The U.S. intelligence community has accused Moscow of orchestrating a campaign of cyberattacks to hack Democratic political organizations and release stolen information to undermine confidence in the American election. He did not elaborate. "Her email traffic might provide a window into how the anti-Trump "deep state" abused the Justice Department".

Cruz asked Clapper what he would do if, hypothetically, his employee forwarded emails containing classified information.

Meanwhile, Russia has also successfully hacked campaigns in Eastern Europe, Clapper said, such as ones Ukraine and Bulgaria.

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