Trump's team 'was warned Russians could blackmail' Michael Flynn

It was more than a week after Yates raised concerns about Flynn with McGahn that the story leaked to the Washington Post, prompting a series of events that led to Flynn's ouster from his White House job. Flynn served under Obama as defense intelligence chief before Obama dismissed him. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she still has "questions regarding Russia's relationships and connections with Trump advisers and associates".

And by "heads up", Spicey apparently meant she talked to Donald Trump's White House counsel three times, explaining that Flynn was "compromised" and could be "blackmailed" by a subversive foreign power that had directed a targeted attack on our elections, otherwise known as Russian Federation.

That's according to three former Obama administration officials.

Trump, of course, ignored Obama. Flynn had been fired by the Obama administration as the head of the military's intelligence branch.

"They are attuned, it seems, more to defending the president than to taking care of national security business in an appropriate way", Whitehouse said.

However, Flynn stayed in office for 18 more days, and was sacked after the news broke publicly in mid-February. Flynn's conversations with Kislyak are believed to have been monitored as part of normal US intelligence collections on the communications of foreign officials.

President Donald Trump is distancing himself from Michael Flynn's troubles, tweeting that it was the Obama administration that gave Flynn the "highest security clearance".

QUESTION:.it's worrisome that he was still doing that when he was a potential target of Russian blackmail?

She added, "We believe that the Russians knew this and that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".

But Ms Yates went to the White House to warn officials that they had been misled about the nature of those calls between Mr Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, which took place before Mr Trump was inaugurated. James Clapper, director of national intelligence under Obama, also testified Monday.

Yates did not say what Flynn had discussed with ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a number of December 2016 phone calls, which were secretly monitored by United States intelligence.

Yates said Monday that she met with the White House counsel in the days after the inauguration to alert him that the Justice Department had information showing Flynn's account of the calls was not accurate.

That was factually incorrect: During the hearing, Clapper did not say that there was no evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump associates.

The person was not authorized to discuss the testimony on the record.

  • Larry Hoffman