Yesterday, Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn cut a plea deal to testify against Trump and other top officials in the Russia scandal. Today, Flynn’s former Deputy National Security Adviser managed to one-up him by getting caught flat out admitting that she knew Russia rigged the election in Trump’s favor – and for that matter, she incredibly admitted it in writing.
Back in December of 2016, when President Obama was tightening sanctions on Russia, the Trump transition team was illegally trying to sabotage those sanctions behind the scenes. KT McFarland – who went on to become the Deputy National Security Adviser for the Trump White House – admitted in an email at the time that Russia had “just thrown the U.S.A. election to [Trump]” according to a New York Times report (link). That’s a flat out admission, in exact words, that McFarland knew Russia had rigged the election in Trump’s favor. Moreover, if McFarland failed to duly report this crime to the authorities, she could arguably be guilty of misprision of a felony. But McFarland’s individual culpability is secondary to what this means for the entire Trump regime.
This email exchange proves that the Donald Trump campaign was so aware of the role that Russia played in altering the outcome of the election, its top advisers didn’t even try to hide that fact while discussing matters internally. KT McFarland went on to become one of the higher ranking officials in the Trump administration. If she knew about it, and she was discussing it openly, then nearly everyone in the campaign knew. She was simply the one who screwed up by putting it in writing.
Bizarrely, the New York Times tacked on this nonsensical qualifier to the McFarland quote: “It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.” But in reality, there is zero question as to what she was saying: she confessed to knowing the election was rigged.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report