The New York Times just busted the Trump administration for lying about Mike Flynn. They have emails to prove that Trump’s transition team was fully aware of what Flynn was doing with Russia.
On Saturday, the New York Times published a bombshell report proving that the Trump administration has been lying when they said that Mike Flynn acted independently when he communicated with Russia.
“Emails among top transition officials, provided or described to The New York Times, suggest that Mr. Flynn was far from a rogue actor. 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.”
“On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump’s victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.”
After President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for their interference in our election, the Trump transition team panicked and immediately set out to smooth things over with Russia. As McFarland said in her email, they knew that Russia had “just thrown the U.S.A. election to [Trump].” They wanted to pay them back.
“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.”
Hours after Obama announced the sanctions, McFarland sent out emails saying that Flynn would be speaking with Kislyak, the Russian ambassador and known spy.
McFarland’s December 29 email was sent to homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert, who then forwarded it to Mike Flynn, Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, and Sean Spicer.
“Mr. Obama, [McFarland] wrote, was trying to “box Trump in diplomatically with Russia,” which could limit his options with other countries, including Iran and Syria. “Russia is key that unlocks door,” she wrote.”
“She also wrote that the sanctions over Russian election meddling were intended to “lure Trump in trap of saying something” in defense of Russia, and were aimed at “discrediting Trump’s victory by saying it was due to Russian interference.””
““If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote.”
Following that December 29 email, Flynn made his first official call to Kislyak, on that same day.
“In his phone call with Mr. Kislyak, Mr. Flynn asked that Russia “not escalate the situation,” according to court documents released on Friday. He later related the substance of the call — including the discussion of sanctions — to a senior transition official, believed to be Ms. McFarland. A few days later, he briefed others on the transition team.”
“Mr. Flynn’s intervention appeared to have a dramatic effect. To the surprise of foreign policy experts, the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, did not immediately respond with retaliatory expulsions of Americans from Moscow.”
Following that call, Trump immediately tweeted out, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin)- I always knew he was very smart.”
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