Former acting Attorney-General Sally Yates is testifying before a Senate subcommittee.

Ms. Yates said that in the first days of the Trump administration, she told the White House counsel that Mr. Flynn was susceptible to Russian blackmail.

“General Flynn was compromised in regard to the Russians,” Ms. Yates said at the hearing.

She testified that Mr. Flynn’s conduct was “problematic.” Though Ms. Yates did not publicly reveal her underlying concerns, she did refer to discussions about sanctions between Mr. Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The White House initially mischaracterized those discussions. Mr. Trump ultimately fired Mr. Flynn over those discrepancies.

“Mischaracterized” and “discrepancies” are polite ways of putting it. There are harsher ways.

The White House assured the public that Mr. Flynn and the Russian ambassador had not discussed sanctions.

Ms. Yates, a temporary holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama, knew otherwise. That is because the United States routinely intercepts and transcribes the phone calls of foreign diplomats.

On Jan. 26, she told Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, that the misstatements made Mr. Flynn vulnerable to foreign blackmail because Russian operatives would know that he had misled his bosses.

“To state the obvious: You don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians,” Ms. Yates said.

Well it’s apparently not obvious enough to Trump and his buddies.

Yates thought the White House would act on what she told them, but they didn’t. They hung on to Flynn for another two weeks, until the Post ran a story about the warnings.

Mr. Obama warned Mr. Trump against hiring Mr. Flynn when the two met in the Oval Office two days after Mr. Trump was elected, two former Obama administration officials said Monday.

Mr. Obama, who had fired Mr. Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Mr. Trump that he would have profound concerns about Mr. Flynn becoming a top national security aide, said the administration officials, who were briefed on the Oval Office conversation. Mr. Trump ignored the advice, naming Mr. Flynn to be his national security adviser.

Stupid, arrogant, irresponsible, dangerous man. He doesn’t like Obama because Obama knows how stupid he is, so he names a compromised reckless hothead national security adviser.

And he was tweeting about the mess this morning.

The hearing was clearly on Mr. Trump’s mind hours before it started.

In addition to his tweet about Mr. Flynn’s security clearance, Mr. Trump also suggested on Twitter that Ms. Yates had tipped off journalists about Mr. Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. That is a familiar beat for Mr. Trump, who has said repeatedly that the leaks of classified information are far more significant than the actual connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

Because leaks are an affront to him, Donald from Queens Trump. That makes them more important than anything.

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