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US Congressman Elijah Cummings had already warned VP Pence about Flynn in November:
“Nov 18, 2016 Press Release Washington, D.C. (Nov, 18, 2016)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence requesting information about the apparent conflicts of interest of the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Transition team, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was reportedly offered the job of National Security Advisor: “…Lt. Gen. Flynn also was paid to travel to Moscow in December 2015 and join Vladimir Putin at the head table during a dinner honoring the Kremlin-backed media network RT. During the event, Lt. Gen. Flynn gave a speech that was highly critical of the United States, stating, “The United States can’t sit there and say, ‘Russia, you’re bad.’” Lt. Gen. Flynn has stated that he was paid by his speaker’s bureau, LAI, but he has not disclosed how much he made or what entity hired LAI. Lt. Gen. Flynn’s involvement in advising Mr. Trump on matters relating to Turkey or Russia—including attending classified briefings on those matters—could violate the Trump for America, Inc. Code of Ethical Conduct…” Read the entire letter here: https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/cummings-requests-documents-relating-to-michael-flynn-s-apparent-conflicts-of See too: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/trumps-1st-national-security-advisor-flynn-forgot-his-lobbying-supported-the-agenda-of-turkeys-president/
Shortly after the Trump inauguration in late January, then acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the Trump administration about Flynn, but he was not fired until February 13th, after media had made the story public. Obama had reportedly warned against Flynn shortly after the election in November. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/politics/michael-flynn-sally-yates-hearing.html https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/politics/obama-flynn-trump.html. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/us/politics/donald-trump-national-security-adviser-michael-flynn.html
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testified on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 8, 2017.
“Yates Says She Told White House Flynn Was Russia Blackmail Risk
May 08, 2017 11:25 PM VOA News
Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates said Monday she warned the White House in the early days of President Donald Trump’s administration that his national security adviser, retired Army General Michael Flynn, could be blackmailed by Russia.
Yates told a Senate panel she alerted the White House more than two weeks before Trump fired Flynn for having lied about contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
She said she was concerned about repeated statements from Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials incorrectly stating that Flynn had not been in touch with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, when routine intercepts had shown the two men had spoken.
Interaction with VP Pence ”The vice president and others were entitled to know that the information that they were conveying to the American people wasn’t true,” Yates said. “The Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president.”
She added, “Every time that happened, it increased the compromise, and to state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.
“ Eighteen days after first learning of Yates’s concerns, Trump fired Flynn, saying he no longer had confidence in having him as a key White House adviser.
Fired by Obama Obama fired Flynn in 2014 because of his disruptive management style, and personally warned Trump against naming Flynn as national security adviser.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer, confirming media reports of Obama’s warning to Trump, said it was no secret that Obama “wasn’t exactly a fan” of Flynn and questioned why Flynn was not stripped of his security clearance.
“Why did the Obama administration let Flynn go to Russia for a paid speaking engagement and receive a fee?” Spicer said. “There were steps that they could have taken that – if that was truly a concern.”
Paid Moscow visit
Flynn was paid more than $30,000 for a Moscow trip in 2015, where he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Kremlin-sponsored RT (formerly Russia Today) television network.
James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, told the Senate committee that the Russian interference in the U.S. election exceeded Moscow’s “wildest expectations.” He said it was aimed to “demean Secretary Clinton and advantage Mr. Trump.”
Clapper was instrumental in the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to boost Trump’s chances of winning the election by hacking into the computer of the campaign chief for Clinton.
The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks subsequently released thousands of emails in the weeks before the election that showed embarrassing behind-the-scenes Democratic operations aimed at helping Clinton win her party’s presidential nomination. Clinton last week partly blamed her upset loss to Trump on the release of the emails before the November election.” Original with photos-video here: http://www.voanews.com/a/yates-says-she-told-white-house-flynn-was-russia-blackmail-risk/3844002.html