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Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea on Friday has resulted in a new torrent of reporting on Donald Trump and his team’s involvement in Flynn’s actions, including a new piece from The New York Times that reveals a disturbing set of emails among the Trump transition team — one that could have far-reaching implications.

Among the emails reported by the Times is one from then-Trump transition official K. T. McFarland, who would later serve as Flynn’s deputy national security adviser, in which she made it clear that Russia’s attack on American elections was a purely political problem for the Trump administration, and even seemed to concede what Trump has denied publicly all along:

On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump’s victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.

According to the White House, McFarland meant only that this was how Democrats were portraying the interference, but the other details in the Times’ reporting makes clear that the threat to Trump’s legitimacy was the overriding, and only, concern that the White House had regarding Russia’s interference.

McFarland went on to discuss Flynn’s upcoming “outreach” to the Russians, which would center on their reaction to retaliatory sanctions that President Obama had imposed.

The recipient of that email was none other than current Trump homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, who forwarded McFarland’s email to a group of senior Trump officials with the message “defend election legitimacy now.”

Included on that email were former Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, each of whom have publicly and vehemently denied that Flynn spoke with Russian officials regarding sanctions. McFarland’s email implicates them in the Flynn coverup, and provides a taste of things to come from the Mueller witness list.

But beyond the potential legal liabilities, this report demonstrates the sickening disconnect between Trumpworld and decent, patriotic Americans. While experienced current and former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials have been sounding the alarm about Russia’s continuing efforts to attack American democracy, Trump and his cronies have demonstrated only denial and indifference.

This reporting shows that even in private conversations amongst themselves, their craven instinct toward political self-preservation was never remotely intruded upon by patriotic concern for democracy.


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8 responses to “New Emails: Trump Official Wrote Russians Had “Thrown Election” To Him”

  1. Thoughtopsy says:

    Is anyone remotely surprised?
    Has anyone detected anything other than a lust for power and money from anyone on the Republican side (speaking very generally) for a decade?
    No morals.
    No ethics.
    Blatant hypocrisy on rules, laws, the Constitution, Russia, the deficit, the debt.
    Lie after lie after bald-faced lie.
    Whatever will get them power and/or money.

    Today’s GOP is a soulless cesspool full of hypocritical evangelicals and proud racists who are willing to justify any behavior because their personal “morals” and “principles” that they bash Democrats with so loudly are lies, marketing, and a paper thin facade covering their anger and self-centered bullsh!t, and who will do anything to win…
    …Even vote for a Pederast in Alabama.
    …Even keep an unhinged sexual predator in the Oval office.
    …Even urinate on Democracy itself by gerrymandering and deliberate voter suppression…
    …Even payoff their donors and the 1% with a huge tax cut and lie to America that its great for the middle class…

    Trumptards: Look at every single historical issue the soulless Republicans/Conservatives have been on the wrong side of… and think seriously about your choices.

    • dbtheonly says:

      Surprised that someone would put it so bluntly. Yes, I know the RWMO is tripping over itself to find an “innocent explanation”. Not seeing any jury buying any of the “innocent explanations”.

      The RW lust for power goes back at least 25 years. E J Dionne convincingly argues it goes back closer to 50.

      • Independent1 says:

        Yes, when did Reagan get involved in politics? Wasn’t it in the last half of the 60s? Reagan was the leader of the corruption – he was even more evil than Trump. Why do you suppose a car thief named Issa wanted to rename the Atlantic Ocean to the Reagan Ocean?? One evil person knows another.

    • FireBaron says:

      Now, Thought, Moore is not a pederast. Just a child molester more interested in teen age girls than little boys.
      Outside of that, spot on!

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    For Trump, and his sycophants, the flag is just a tool that can be used effectively to energize the base and win elections. This gang of thugs make ISIS and North Korea look like benign enemies of the USA.

  3. Sand_Cat says:

    Really, it’s time to stop pretending that “decent, patriotic Americans” constitute a majority in the country. Trump may have won by a minority vote, and the House by partisan gerrymandering, but those comforting facts don’t account for the Senate or the governors.If most people are patriotic and decent, who is it that keeps electing the grotesquely dishonest and malicious thugs who dominate our elected officials? What “decent” Americans voted in the guys who approved a lawyer who never argued a case for the Court of Appeals, or all of the clearly mentally-ill cabinet secretaries appointed by an clearly dishonest, malicious, and mentally-ill president to destroy the departments they were selected to “lead”?

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