Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump

Evrard Martin
Mai 17, 2017

Meanwhile, during Mrs. Yates' testimony, President Donald Trump was instructing via Twitter the members of the Senate subcommittee what questions to ask the former US Attorney.

Yates, who was sacked by President Trump on January 30, said that it is believed that the Russian government had recordings of Flynn's call.

The officials said Obama warned Trump about hiring Flynn during their 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office less than 48 hours after Trump was declared victorious in the November 8 presidential election.

Yates' questioning by a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election was just one portion of a politically charged day that began with combative tweets from Trump and continued with disclosures from Obama administration officials about a private Oval Office conversation between Obama and his successor. They were issued to associates of Mike Flynn, the former national security advisor to Trump. All of the testimony confirmed statements made by the Trump administration as the President reverted to his previous claims of "fake news".

What happened in the 18 days between when the White House received a warning about Flynn and his firing?

SALLY YATES: It was clear from the vice president and others that they were repeating what General Flynn had told them, and that this was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information. He built a close relationship a year ago with then-candidate Trump and became a frequent Trump campaign surrogate before assuming a brief tenure as national security advisor.

The conversation took place two days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Mr Flynn about those contacts. These sanctions were punishment for alleged Russian meddling in the election to try to help Trump win.

The tweet itself came after former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that he was not aware of any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

After both Press Secretary Spicer and the President blamed the Obama Administration vetting process, members of the administration told NBC they thought President Obama was actually joking about General Flynn ("remark seemed like it was made in jest"). All the committees are led by Republicans.

"You are the goddamn president of the goddamn United States, and your acting attorney general tells your White House counsel that your national security adviser was "compromised" with respect to the Russians".

Clapper said he had asked for unmasking before. Mr Obama had cautioned against Mr Flynn, whom he fired in 2014 as head of the Defence Intelligence Agency because of his poor record in administration and personnel management.

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