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USA | Obama Warned Trump About Flynn

Trump – despite Obama's warnings – hired Flynn, who was fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence. | Photo: AFP Trump – despite Obama's warnings – hired Flynn, who was fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence. | Photo: AFP
It has been revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump was advised, by former President Barack Obama, against hiring Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

The information came to light hours before the former acting attorney general was due to testify about Flynn's tenure. Reportedly, three anonymous sources from the Obama Administration told the media that the warning was delivered, in person, late last year.

Flynn had previously held a position in the former administration, but was fired from his position as head of the defense intelligence agency. He was removed from the position because of mismanagement and temperament issues.

Trump – despite Obama's warnings – proceeded to hire Flynn, who only lasted 23 days, before being fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about inappropriate communications he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

In April, Flynn sought immunity from prosecution in return for testifying, but his request was denied. The Senate judiciary, on Monday, heard testimony from recently fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who also warned Trump's counsel, Don McGahn, about the Flynn-Kislyak conversations. Trump responded with an angry tweet, aimed at Yates, accusing her of leaking the details of Flynn's conversations.

Trump has repeatedly downplayed his team's links to Russia, but instead has launched attacks on the intelligence community for leaking the information to the media. The U.S. president also placed blame on Obama, pointing out that Flynn had his security clearance renewed by the former administration in 2016.

But, Obama supporters promptly responded, stating that the Trump Administration was less than thorough when they conducted the security checks before appointing Flynn as security Adviser which carried with it higher clearance requirements.

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