Newly leaked emails from K.T. McFarland, President Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, show she was aware Michael Flynn planned to contact Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December, contradicting her sworn testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July in which she claimed to have no knowledge of Flynn’s contact with Kislyak, the New York Times reports.
As part of her sworn testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, McFarland was asked Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), in writing, “ “Did you ever discuss any of General Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak directly with General Flynn?”
“I am not aware of any of the issues or events as described above,” she replied.
According to the Times, McFarland sent an email on Dec. 29, 2016, that appears to be in conflict with her remarks before Congress.
In the email, she reportedly tells another Trump campaign official that former national security adviser Michael Flynn would be meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Sen. Booker expressed concern over McFarland’s leaked email.
“Recent developments suggest that Ms. McFarland gave false testimony to the United States Senate on a matter as significant as communications between the Russian government and the Trump transition team,” Booker told the Times. “If this is the case, this is an alarming development, and another example of a pattern of deception on the part of Trump’s closest associates regarding their connections and communications to Russian government officials.”