Obama warned Trump about Flynn; Yates also issued a warning

Their testimony came hours after a series of media reports that cited former Obama administration officials which said President Barack Obama had personally warned Trump about hiring Flynn.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, confirming media reports of Obama's warning to Trump, said it was no secret that Obama "wasn't exactly a fan" of Flynn, who as a Trump political surrogate had assailed Obama's performance as president.

It is not immediately clear how much new information Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also is scheduled to testify Monday, will be able provide.

Meanwhile, Yates testified that she believed Vice President Mike Pence was "entitled to know" that he was relaying untruthful information about the White House national security adviser. "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council (sic)".

According to a senior Obama administration source, "Flynn's name kept popping up".

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016.

He said the concerns should not have come as a surprise, since Flynn was an "outspoken critic" of the Obama administration's shortcomings on foreign policy. Spicer further questioned why, if the Obama administration had concerns about Flynn, it did not revoke Flynn's security clearance.

Flynn had been pushed out by Obama in 2014 from his job as director of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA.

Trump did not, however, pay heed to Obama's counsel on Flynn, bringing aboard the former military intelligence officer who supported Trump during his campaign as his National Security Advisor.

The Associated Press reported last week that one sign taken as a warning by Obama officials about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak was a request by a member of Trump's own transition team made to national security officials in the Obama White House for the classified Central Intelligence Agency profile of Kislyak.

Trump has repeatedly branded the issue of Russian interference "fake news" despite Clapper and other leaders of the United States intelligence community concluding that President Vladimir Putin himself was behind the meddling. He also had contact with Kislyak after the trip. "We were concerned that the American public had been misled" and left him vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians.

The Judiciary subcommittee probe is one of three main congressional investigations of Russian Federation and the 2016 U.S. election.

Republicans have seized on that statement as vindication for the Trump campaign, but investigations are ongoing. As Obama's security adviser, Rice was authorized to unmask the names. That's just what Trump asked them to do on Twitter this morning.

Sally Yates largely avoided the public spotlight when she served as deputy attorney general during the final two years of the Obama administration. Matthews also referenced a tweet by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from the election about Trump being unable to "handle the fact that he's losing to a girl".

"The weight phrase is a reference to a line Mr. Trump gave at the first presidential debate in September 2016 to counter Hillary Clinton: "[Clinton is] saying Russia, Russia, Russia. What are the implications if it is confirmed that the Trump administration knew what Michael Flynn was doing and even permitted it?

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