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June 21, 2017
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Even when officials with the FBI, CIA, Department of Justice, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence were convinced in January that Michael Flynn, President Trump's national security adviser, was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, CIA Director Mike Pompeo briefed Trump on the most sensitive intelligence and issues facing the United States, with Flynn listening next to him, The New York Times reports.

When asked last month by senators if he knew about the CIA's concerns surrounding Flynn, Pompeo declined to answer; an administration official told the Times he never discussed Flynn with Trump. Three days after Pompeo was sworn in on Jan. 23, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Flynn, who had been talking with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., had been "compromised" and could be subject to blackmail.

Trump didn't do anything about Flynn until 18 days later, when he fired him, but in the meantime, Flynn was still sitting in on Trump's briefings with Pompeo. If Pompeo was aware of the concerns regarding Flynn, he had ample time to notify the president, the Times says, as he gives him the briefing almost every day. Read the entire report at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia

June 19, 2017
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Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, did not reveal to the House Foreign Relations Committee that during a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia, he was there to secure funding for a U.S.-Russia business plan to build nuclear reactors, a congressional letter signed by Democratic members of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees states.

The letter, sent to the Flynn Intel Group and two other businesses involved with the Saudi deal, asks why Flynn did not mention this trip and underreported another trip on his January 2016 application to renew his federal security clearance, McClatchy DC reports. Flynn said he took the second trip to Saudi Arabia to speak at a conference, but the letter says the hotel he claimed to stay at doesn't seem to exist. Flynn is being looked at as part of the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Catherine Garcia

May 18, 2017

President Trump apparently wants his ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, back in the White House, The Daily Beast reports. Trump fired Flynn after it came out that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with a Russian ambassador. Flynn is currently at the heart of investigations into the Trump campaign's potential ties to the Kremlin.

Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI's investigation in Flynn's favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity — a scenario some of Trump’s closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen.

Those sources said Trump didn't believe Flynn should be under investigation in the first place.

"Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back," said one White House official. [The Daily Beast]

Trump has reportedly stayed in touch with Flynn since the firing, even sending the former national security adviser an encouraging message to "stay strong." Jeva Lange