Ex-attorney general Sally Yates warned Trump’s administration about Michael Flynn having lied about his contact with Russia, only to be ignored for nearly two weeks, reports Dell Cameron of Gizmodo. Yates had highlighted that Flynn was a possible target of blackmail by Russia. Trump may have known about Flynn’s transgressions and didn’t act until intelligence leaks forced his hand, suggests Cameron. He adds that Obama warned Trump personally against appointing Flynn, which poses the question why the current president still did so anyway.
Michael Flynn was given White House security clearance by the Obama administration, putting him in the position that made Trump consider him as a national security advisor, writes Rebecca Savransky of The Hill. She infers that the president trusted his predecessor in going with Flynn and would not have appointed him had Obama highlighted misdeeds earlier. Already head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and having gone through background checks for that position, Trump and his team didn’t see the necessity to check Flynn again, suggests Savransky.