Former Trump National Security Adviser Pleaded Guilty to Making False Statements to the FBI
A member of President Donald Trump's transition team says Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the ``very senior transition official'' referenced in court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland is an unnamed senior official referred to in the court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case.
She was involved in a discussion with Flynn about what he would say to Russian government officials in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia last year.
That’s according to two former officials on President Donald Trump’s transition team. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to public discuss the matter.
McFarland is identified in court papers filed Friday as a “senior transition” official. Papers filed by special counsel Robert Mueller show Flynn contacted McFarland on Dec. 29, 2016, to discuss what, if anything, he would communicate to the Russians about the sanctions. Flynn admitted Friday to lying to the FBI about the contents of that conversation.
McFarland is awaiting Senate confirmation as ambassador to Singapore.
A member of President Donald Trump’s transition team says Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the “very senior transition official” referenced in court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case.
The transition team official who confirmed the person as Kushner spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, since Kushner’s name was not publicly revealed.
According to court papers filed Friday in connection with a guilty plea of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the “very senior transition official” directed Flynn to contact foreign governments, including Russia, about a U.N. resolution regarding Israeli settlements.
Friday’s guilty plea represents a further fall for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who once was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was a vocal surrogate for Donald Trump on the president campaign trail.
He was especially known for vigorously leading Trump rallies in “Lock her up” chants regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
No sentence has yet been set for Flynn, pending his continuing cooperation with the special counsel investigation of possible coordination between the campaign and Russia last year.
Fired FBI Director James Comey has tweeted a Bible passage on the same morning that former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.
A tweet on Comey’s Twitter account Friday morning, quoting the Old Testament book of Amos, said: “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Comey was fired in May by President Donald Trump, a move that helped lead to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.
Comey has said Trump asked him during a private Oval Office meeting in February if he could see his way to letting the Flynn investigation go. The White House has denied that that conversation took place as Comey has said.
The top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees are warning President Donald Trump against trying to influence investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Congressman Adam Schiff of California issued statements Friday, after former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Warner and Schiff say it would be unacceptable for Trump to try to influence any investigations, including the probes their committees are conducting.
Warner refers to an “alarming pattern” by Trump, including the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Schiff speculated that Flynn’s plea may prompt the White House and its allies to try to curtail congressional investigations or try to end Mueller’s probe prematurely. Schiff says Congress “must make clear” that would be unacceptable.
The White House has canceled a scheduled opportunity for reporters to question President Donald Trump about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea.
The public White House schedule had said that reporters would be allowed to document part of Trump’s meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
During these media events, called “pool sprays,” reporters usually pepper the president with questions. Trump often answers, using opportunity to deliver his message directly to voters.
Reporters had been lined up outside the Oval Office, waiting to enter the room, when White House staffers marched them back into the press room.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters then told them the media event would not happen.
Earlier, Trump ignored shouted questions about Flynn as he greeted the prime minister at the door.
Trump has previously referred to Flynn as a “wonderful man.”