Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump transition official in email: Russian Federation 'has just thrown the U.S. election'

Trump transition official in email: Russian Federation 'has just thrown the U.S. election'

As it so happens, though, The New York Times got a hold of emails that suggest McFarland did know about a call Flynn had with Kislyak.

Alright, so some back story: McFarland used to be Michael Flynn's deputy national security adviser.

K.T. McFarland, Trump's former deputy national security adviser, give a thumbs up to members of the media as she arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

. Prosecutors said he is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Court documents laying out the charge against Flynn state that he spoke to a senior transition team official about what to discuss with Kislyak after the Obama administration issued new sanctions against Russian Federation.

The Democratic hold on McFarland's nomination means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have to take procedural steps in order to overcome the hold and confirm her nomination, which would eat up valuable floor time. She left the National Security Council to take the ambassador post in Singapore not long after Flynn resigned as national security adviser.

One of those questions, from New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, was this: "Did you ever discuss any of Gen. Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak directly with Gen. Flynn?"

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Kelly's chief of staff at the Homeland Security Department, and he brought her along to the White House to be his deputy. Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate to take over as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

So let's see, which Trump associates or officials have so far been caught lying about meetings with the Russians?

Court documents released on Friday, along with Flynn's guilty plea, indicate that senior members of Mr Trump's transition team were well aware of his discussions with the Russian ambassador about the Obama administration's sanctions.

In her e-mail to another transition official hours before the first phone call, Ms McFarland described President Barack Obama's decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats as a last-minute attempt to discredit Mr Trump's victory, box him in diplomatically and provoke him into a potentially politically damaging statement in Russia's defence. A White House lawyer told the newspaper that McFarland was referring to the Democrats' portrayal of the election.

Ms. McFarland had told lawmakers that she did not discuss or know anything about interactions between Sergey I. Kislyak, who had been Moscow's ambassador to the United States, and Mr. Flynn, according to Senate documents.

McFarland was reportedly aware of Flynn's with Moscow.

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