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Trump whines that no one warned him about Mike Flynn — but he was warned repeatedly

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President Donald Trump whined about his disgraced national security adviser after a judge ordered the release of damning new evidence against him.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the release of recordings that show Michael Flynn discussing sanctions with a Russian ambassador and an individual “connected to” Congress dangling a pardon after his guilty plea for lying to FBI investigators.

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Trump raged throughout the following morning about Flynn and the special counsel probe, and he suggested jailing investigators for “treason” — and then blamed others for his predicament.

“It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge,” Trump tweeted. “It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?”

In fact, numerous government officials and Trump associates warned the president not to hire Flynn for a White House role.

President Barack Obama warned the president-elect against having Flynn serve in his administration during a 90-minute meeting held shortly after the November 2016 election, but Trump administration officials believed Obama was joking about one of his more vocal critics.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who led the transition team, in November 2016 warning that Flynn’s work for Turkey and a speech he gave in Russia could violate the campaign’s code of ethics if he advised Trump on those two foreign nations.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ignored warnings from Chris Christie and other top officials in November 2016 about Flynn, who the president’s son-in-law reportedly instructed to make contact with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and offered the retired general any administration job he wanted.

Flynn himself told then-White House counsel Don McGahn on Jan. 4, 2017, that he was under investigation, and his lawyers discussed the case with transition lawyers two days later.

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Acting attorney general Sally Yates then notified McGahn on Jan. 26, 2017, that the Justice Department was concerned Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail from Russia due to his contacts with Kislyak.

Flynn took part two days later in a phone call between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, and on Jan. 30, 2017, the president fired Yates.

Trump kept Flynn on the job until Feb. 14, 2017, after a senior administration official authorized the leak of Yates’ warning to the White House about the national security adviser.

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The FBI also warned the Trump campaign shortly after he became the Republican presidential nominee in July 2016 that Russia may attempt to spy on or infiltrate his campaign, similar to a briefing also provided to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump associates did not notify FBI officials that Donald Trump Jr. and other high-ranking campaign officials had met with a Russian attorney promising damaging information on Clinton, or other contacts with Russian individuals or WikiLeaks, which had started publishing stolen emails.


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Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’

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A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.

In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.

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Trump is openly colluding with Ukraine to smear Biden

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President Donald Trump is defending his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, one that recent media reports suggest may have been made in order to dig up dirt about one of Trump's likeliest and strongest opponents in the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!"

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Democrats’ refusal to impeach Trump is a ‘bigger national scandal’ than him breaking the law: Ocasio-Cortez

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized House Democrats on Saturday for their unwillingness to impeach President Donald Trump despite new revelations that he may have pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on one of his potential Democratic rivals in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This article first appeared in Salon.

"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday night.

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