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Russia ties: Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn

May 09, 2017, 7:31 AM EDT
Flynn was sacked in February after the details of his discussion with a Russian envoy emerged.
(Source: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/flickr)

The White House confirmed on Monday that former President Barack Obama had warned the then president-elect Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

The revelation came just hours before former acting US attorney general Sally Yates testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that a “compromised” Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail by the Russian government, writes the BBC.

Flynn was sacked in February after it emerged that he concealed his discussion with a Russian envoy over the lifting of US sanctions on Moscow, notes Reuters.

The embarrassing revelation signals an “ongoing feud” between the past and present presidential administrations while also laying bare a tussle between the Trump’s close aides and the U.S. intelligence community.