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Newly released documents from the Department of Justice show President Obama informed former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates of a phone call between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016. He did so in the Oval Office.
"Yates first learned of the December 2016 calls between [LTG Michael] Flynn and [Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey] Kislyak on January 5, 2017, while in the Oval Office. Yates, along with then FBI-Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were at the White House to brief members of the Obama Administration on the classified Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities in Recent U.S Elections. President Obama was joined by his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and others from the National Security Council," the document states.
"After the briefing, Obama dismissed the group but asked Yates and Comey to stay behind. Obama started by saying he had 'learned of the information about Flynn' and his conversation with Kislyak about sanctions. Obama specified he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information. At that point, Yates had no idea what the President was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act, but can't recall if he specified there was an 'investigation,'" it continues.
That phone call became part of the FBI's justification to interview Flynn on January 24, 2017. Ahead of that meeting, notes show agents planned to get Flynn to lie in order to pursue criminal prosecution or get him fired.
According to a memo Rice wrote to herself on January 20, 2017, her last day on the job, she and Vice President Joe Biden were in the room when Obama delivered the news to Yates.
President Obama and his intelligence officials, like Rice, Brennan and Clapper, have denied being involved in a malicious pursuit against General Flynn. Documents show that is far from the case.
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Rev. Franklin Graham and talk show host Eric Metaxas claimed Thursday that there is a “demonic” origin to the opposition to President Donald Trump.
The son of the late evangelist Billy Graham was on the show to primarily discuss his Samaritan’s Purse project that distributes shoe boxes filled with essentials to needy children around the world in time for Christmas.
When the conversation turned to politics and Trump’s critics, Metaxas noted, “It’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”
Graham suggested there was a spiritual root to the situation: “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying-”
“I would disagree,” Metaxas said. “It’s not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it’s a spiritual battle.”
Graham concurred and argued that the U.S. is enjoying prosperity due to Trump’s policies.
“If you look at what the president, just for our country, regardless of whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, unemployment is at the lowest in 70 years,” Graham said. “More African-Americans are working, more Latinos are working, more Asians are working, more everybody are working. We have an economy that is just screaming forward. It’s incredible.”
Graham, who also added that a strong economy means Christians have more money to support their local churches, has been an ardent supporter of the president. He argues that despite some moral lapses in the past, Trump “defends the faith.”
Metaxas said that both he and Graham have been “vilified” by Trump’s opponents for backing the president, who they believe is held to an unreasonably high standard.
Graham was outspoken in his support of Justice Brett Kavanaugh when the judge was accused of sexual misconduct. Many object to Graham’s rejection of homosexuality and his criticism of radical Islam.
“It’s a bizarre situation that we’re in, that people seem only to have these standards for the president somehow,” Metaxas said.
Graham stated that he believes Trump is a Christian believer but that his knowledge of the Bible is minimal.
“He went to churches here in New York,” he said. “He didn’t get a whole lot of teaching.”