Newly Obtained Emails Prove Trump Officials Knew That Flynn Was Talking To Russians: REPORT
The New York Times received a bundle of emails that proved that Trump campaign officials were fully aware that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was in contact with Russian government officials.
“In fact, the emails, coupled with interviews and court documents filed on Friday, showed that Mr. Flynn was in close touch with other senior members of the Trump transition team both before and after he spoke with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, about American sanctions against Russia,” said the Times.
According to the report, back in December of 2016, deputy national security director K. T. McFarland told a friend via email that Russia had just “thrown the election” to Trump over his rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Times reported:
“The Trump advisers feared that a cycle of retaliation between the United States and Russia would keep the spotlight on Moscow’s election meddling, tarnishing Mr. Trump’s victory and potentially hobbling his presidency from the start.”
McFarland also sent out emails to now-Homeland Security official Tome Bossert, telling him that Flynn was set to meet with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak to try to smooth things out with Vladimir Putin’s administration.
The emails were then forwarded by Bossert to six other officials in the Trump transition team, including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Sean Spicer. All three of them have publicly denied knowing anything about Flynn’s communication with Russian government officials.