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Report: Trump transition knew of Flynn investigation

President Trump's transition team was aware that Michael Flynn was under federal investigation before naming him national security advisor, the New York Times reports.

The investigation was into paid lobbying work Flynn did for Turkey during the presidential campaign. Flynn made a disclosure to Don McGahn, now White House counsel, on January 4 according to the report.

The timeline, based on the reporting

  • Nov 18: Trump offers Flynn NSA post
  • Jan 4: Flynn discloses he is under federal investigation
  • Jan 20: Trump takes office, Flynn becomes NSA
  • Jan 26: Sally Yates warns McGahn Flynn could be subject to Russian blackmail
  • Feb 13: Flynn dismissed as NSA

Correction: The Times reports that Trump's team was aware of the investigation, not Trump himself.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

Donald Trump.
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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.