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Kremlin says Putin was not influenced by ex-Trump official Michael Flynn

Kremlin says Putin was not influenced by ex-Trump official Michael Flynn

President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I about his dealings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

But a December 29 email from McFarland, then a member of Trump's transition team, mentioned that Flynn would be talking to the Russian ambassador that evening, according to The New York Times.

But emails obtained by The New York Times appear to undermine those statements.

Repeated attempts to reach Ms. McFarland, who served until May as deputy national security adviser and is now awaiting Senate confirmation as ambassador to Singapore, were unsuccessful. Adding to the guilty plea, Mr. Flynn has pledged to fully cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling, becoming the first from the Trump administration to do so.

Michael Flynn's guilty plea provides a new stage for Counsel Mueller and could prove to be unsafe to some in the former and current Trump administration. One of the most suspicious aspects of Flynn's communication at the time was that he reportedly spoke with Kislyak immediately after then President Barack Obama imposed new restrictions on Russian diplomats, as punishment for the alleged hacking of the USA election.

A White House lawyer said on Friday that Ms McFarland did not mean Russian Federation had tipped the election, only that Democrats were portraying it that way.

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"Did you ever discuss any of General Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak directly with General Flynn?" Sen.

The Times reported that it was unclear whether the transition official was saying she believed that the election had been thrown.

McFarland was reportedly aware of Flynn's with Moscow.

Outlets also identified Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as the "very senior transition official" referenced in the documents who reportedly pushed Flynn to persuade the Russian government to vote against a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Last week, Flynn officially pleaded guilty to misleading US law enforcement about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak earlier this year, reports of which cost him his job in February.


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