Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Former Trump aide nomination to be Singapore envoy stalled over Russian Federation concerns

Kushner had been named the mystery official in the Michael Flynn scandal Friday Kushner had been named the mystery official in the Michael Flynn scandal Friday
Stacy Diaz | 06 December, 2017, 07:59

But the trip comes amid news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian Federation, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving into the actions of Trump's inner circle before he took office.

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.

She was nominated to serve as the ambassador to Singapore in June.

And CBS is reporting she also spoke to Flynn about it.

The discrepancy is likely to add to mounting troubles for the White House that stem from Mr. Flynn's interactions with Russian officials.

McFarland left her deputy national security adviser post in April.

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

In a statement Monday, Mr Booker said that he was concerned that Ms McFarland might have answered falsely. He pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to F.B.I. agents about his discussions with Mr. Kislyak about the sanctions.

Flynn talked to Mr Kislyak by phone on Dec 29, the day the sanctions took effect, and several days later.

KT McFarland, a top official on President Donald Trump's transition team, said in an email last December that they should reassure Russian Federation, which she said had just "thrown the United States of America election" to Trump. A White House lawyer told the newspaper that McFarland was referring to the Democrats' portrayal of the election.

An email may have undermined a Trump administration associate who told Congress she knew nothing about a meeting between her boss and a Russian ambassador, according to a report.

Her written questions to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee did not acknowledge that conversation.

The court documents do not identify that official, who was with other senior members of the transition team at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.