Trump White House now claiming Obama admin approved Flynn’s calls with Russians (Details)

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On Friday, after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russians, the White House quickly distanced itself from Flynn.

In a statement, the White House tried to push the claim that Flynn was a “former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days.”

The White House also brought up that Flynn was “a former Obama administration official.”



CNN’s Jim Acosta revealed, “They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were “‘authorized’ by the Obama administration.”

Acosta added, “We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House.”

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During his appearance on CNN, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under Obama, was asked about claim the White House is making. To which Clapper responded, “That’s absurd. That’s absolutely absurd.”

Clapper continued, “There was great concern at the time, not just with this particular contact, but with the violation of the principle that historically been followed of one president, one administration at a time. So to say that we blessed it, or acquiesced it is a stretch.”

Even though Flynn had worked for former President Obama as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, he was fired in 2014.  Obama had also explicitly warned Trump against hiring Flynn.



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