Ever since the 2016 election and subsequent investigations of Russian interference in the process, President Trump has steadfastly maintained that neither he or anyone on his team has any connections to Russia or Russian figures. But a trove of emails released by The New York Times suggests Trump is lying yet again.
According to a new report from the Times:
“In fact, the emails, coupled with interviews and court documents filed on Friday, showed that [Michael 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.”
One of those emails, sent on December 29 by deputy national security director K. T. McFarland noted that Russia had just “thrown the election” in Trump’s direction over his rival, Hillary Clinton.
The emails also show that the Trump transition team was eager to let the Russians know that sanctions would soon be lifted once Trump took the oath of office on January 20 and that the new administration would be more cooperative in its relations with Russia:
“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.”
This fear may have led to the ongoing cover-up and rolling disclosure being seen from numerous officials in the administration, including both Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Another email has McFarland telling now-Homeland Security official Tom Bossert that Flynn would be meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to try and begin building better relations with the Kremlin. Bossert then forwarded McFarland’s email to six top transition official, including:
- Steve Bannon
- Reince Priebus
- Sean Spicer
No connections to Russia, Mr. President? You’re more connected than barnacles on a boat.
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