Trump Blames Obama For Flynn Scandal And It Backfires


National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a former lieutenant general, resigned early in President Donald Trump’s new administration after it was revealed that the man had improper contacts with Russian officials while still a private citizen. At first, Flynn’s transgressions seemed almost trivial, but the story quickly grew. Reports revealed that Flynn had lied about talking to the Russians, and then that he had accepted financial gifts from Russian sources. Things kept going from bad to worse.

Scrutiny, inevitably, came to focus on Flynn’s temporary boss: Trump himself. Why did the hard-charging business mogul hesitate to sack Flynn immediately when evidence emerged? Did Trump try to protect his appointee, courting scandal? 

Quickly, Donald Trump blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the allegedly-flawed vetting process that did not catch Flynn’s illegalities. Apparently, the fact that the Obama administration had given Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn a top-secret security clearance means that Trump is blameless in the whole debacle. While this certainly does not answer why Trump waited a suspiciously long time to fire Flynn, you can almost understand the reasoning: Why wouldn’t a political neophyte like Trump automatically assume that a decorated military officer under the previous administration was trustworthy?

But, a new wrinkle has emerged that could really hurt the former real estate scion. It turns out that Barack Obama actually warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn…and within forty-eight hours of Trump winning the election! 

Rarely are presidents caught so red-handed in such lies. Donald Trump tried to play innocent and pretend that he had no advance warning of Michael Flynn’s improper actions, but it has been revealed that he was unequivocally warned. Also, Trump’s aides were not warned by just anybody: Sally Yates, the acting Attorney General who was abruptly fired by Trump for refusing to support his controversial immigration ban, was the individual who sounded the warning on Flynn.

Was Yates’ unorthodox termination solely due to her disagreement with Trump’s immigration ban…or did Trump want to remove a critic who might dig deeper on Michael Flynn?

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