Today, 5/8/17, NBC News has been publicly disclosing the breaking news item, that the former democratic President Barack Obama personally warned the current republican President Donald Trump not to hire the retired Lt. General Mike Flynn as his National Security Adviser at one of their meetings during the transition period.
President Trump’s team is attempting to downplay the importance of President Obama’s admonition but those officials from the former administration are providing an opposing viewpoint.
It is important to note that the vetting for someone to become the US president’s NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, IS MUCH BROADER AND STRINGENT THAN WHAT IS TYPICALLY REQUIRED, AND IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THIS WAS NEVER DONE FOR GENERAL FLYNN. IF THIS HIGH LEVEL VETTING HAD BEEN DONE AND ORDERED BY VP MIKE PENCE, THE GENERAL WOULD NOT HAVE PASSED IT.
The White House has been accusing the former fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates of having leaked sensitive data regarding General Flynn which she has flatly denied. Her history is one of being a career prosecutor who was hired under the Bush administration with no political aspirations and who has put high level folks in prison, whether democratic or republican.
Here is NBC’s 5/8/17 published report, “Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn, Say Officials,” by and, ,
“Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News.”
“The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.”
“A senior Trump administration official acknowledged 5/8/17 that Obama raised the issue of Flynn, saying the former president made clear he was “not a fan of Michael Flynn.” Another official said Obama’s remark seemed like it was made in jest.”
“The revelation comes on a day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.”
” According to all three former officials, Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn. The Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, largely because of mismanagement and temperament issues.”“Obama’s warning pre-dated the concerns inside the government about Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador, one of the officials said. Obama passed along a general caution that he believed Flynn was not suitable for such a high level post, the official added.”
“Trump named Flynn as his national security adviser. Flynn, who was conducting private conversations with the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions, was then fired three weeks into the administration for misleading Vice President Pence about those conversations.”
THIS BLOG WAS UPDATED ON 5/8/17.