It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. 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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Courtesy of The Week:
On Friday, President Trump dug up an old complaint about his quickly disgraced national security adviser, tweeting that “it now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge” and questioning why he wasn’t told about it. Except it’s public knowledge that Obama fired Flynn, and that he warned Trump against bringing him back on.
Trump’s tweet disregards a two-year-old NBC News report that said Obama told Trump not to hire Flynn “less than 48 hours” after Trump won the presidency. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later admitted that Trump knew Obama “wasn’t exactly a fan” of Flynn.
This reminds me of a child who is repeatedly warned to watch out for the hot stove, touched it anyway, and then complains that nobody warned them it was hot.
However, Trump is out and out lying about this whole thing.
According to a comprehensive timeline over at Politifact the New York Times reported that Flynn had talked with Russian senior diplomat Sergey Kislyak on December 29th, which was almost a month before Trump appointed him his national security advisor.
Flynn then supposedly lies to Mike Pence about that meeting, and when Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates informs White House counsel Don McGahn that they have proof that Flynn lied she is more or less ignored until it hits the papers, at which time Flynn resigns after only 24 days in office.
After that Trump famously tried to get Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn’s dealings with the Russians, and when he refuses he is summarily fired.
So the idea that Trump had no idea that Flynn was compromised is bullshit, however, the fact that he knew he was compromised, hired him as his national security adviser anyhow, and then tried to deflect scrutiny and an FBI investigation into his activities is completely accurate.