[Ed. – It’s not surprising that the phone calls were under surveillance. Without spelling it out, just ponder the point that Flynn wasn’t the only party of interest to the FBI. But the fact that Obama had been briefed on it and brought it up with Sally Yates is extremely informative. Yates, incidentally, shouldn’t have been surprised about the information, per se. If she was, she was an oddly ignorant senior DOJ official. But it would be unusual to have the president raise it as an issue. Fox is right to key on the point that Obama had a prior animus against Flynn.]
President Obama was aware of the details of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, apparently surprising then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, according to documents released Thursday as exhibits to the government’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case.
Obama’s unexpectedly intimate knowledge of the details of Flynn’s calls, which the FBI acknowledged at the time were not criminal or even improper, raised eyebrows because of his own history with Flynn — and because top FBI officials secretly discussed whether their goal was to “get [Flynn] fired” when they interviewed him in the White House on January 24, 2017.
Obama personally had warned the Trump administration against hiring Flynn, and made clear he was “not a fan,” according to multiple officials.