The star of ‘Presidential Apprentice’ is not having a good day.
Not only is the acting attorney general he fired in February set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about her conversations with the White House regarding Michael Flynn, but news organizations have debunked his latest excuse for making a paid foreign agent his national security advisor.
Former Obama administration officials have told NBC that the former president warned Donald Trump not to hire Flynn in a conversation that took place two days after the election, directly contradicting the president’s attempts to lay blame for the fiasco on his predecessor. Reuters and the Washington Post have both confirmed the story.
“A senior Trump administration official acknowledged Monday that Obama raised the issue of Flynn, saying the former president made clear he was ‘not a fan of Michael Flynn,'” reports NBC. “Another official said Obama’s remark seemed like it was made in jest.”
Get that? Trump thought Obama was joking, therefore it’s totally Obama’s fault that Trump appointed a known foreign agent to the highest intelligence post in his administration. No word yet on whether Trump laughed at the perceived joke, which might have prompted Obama to say “seriously, I’m not kidding.”
@NBCNews “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: your close adviser poses a grave national security threat.”
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) May 8, 2017
See? Hilarious! Comedy gold! NBC notes:
It’s true that Flynn got his top level security clearance renewed in January 2016, but what Trump didn’t mention is that Flynn should have received a far more thorough vetting in advance of his becoming national security adviser, a job that allows access to the nation’s most closely-held secrets. What was the nature of that vetting, and did it raise any flags about Flynn’s lobbying work for Turkish interests during the campaign, or his paid appearance on behalf of Russian state media, both now under scrutiny by law enforcement agencies? The White House hasn’t said.
Obama fired Flynn from his leadership post at the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 after accusations of mismanagement and loose behavior with classified material. The meeting with Trump took place long before Flynn’s shady contacts with the Russian ambassador came to light.
— John Schindler (@20committee) May 8, 2017
In April, press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Flynn was the Obama administration’s fault for giving the retired Army general a security clearance. Since then, multiple reports have confirmed that Trump overruled the advice of his own transition team to appoint Flynn as national security advisor.
But that didn’t stop Trump from tweeting the same line of nonsense this morning.
General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
An indictment is widely expected for Flynn, and calls for one will probably intensify after Yates appears before the committee this afternoon.
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