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

Emails obtained by the Times show that Trump's team moved quickly to develop a strategy on how to reassure Russia after learning that Obama would expel 35 Russian diplomats in the weeks before he left office.

McFarland's confirmation is in doubt over her role during the Trump transition and as the deputy to Flynn at the National Security Council. But the trip comes amid news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

Michael Flynn stands with K.T. McFarland before speaking during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.


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He promised to cooperate with the special counsel, Mr Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and obstruction of justice by Mr Trump.

"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.

So let's see, which Trump associates or officials have so far been caught lying about meetings with the Russians?

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

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

Ms. McFarland had told lawmakers that she did not discuss or know anything about interactions between Sergey I. Kislyak, who had been Moscow's ambassador to the United States, and Mr. Flynn, according to Senate documents.

During their follow-up call, Mr Kislyak informed Flynn that Russian Federation would not retaliate immediately for the sanctions - a surprise to many foreign policy experts.

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Ms McFarland worked so closely with Flynn on the transition team that her colleagues sometimes referred to her as his "brain".

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