Russia Has ‘Just Thrown the U.S.A. Election to Him’: Trump Adviser’s Stunning Email Raises Eyebrows

One of the biggest takeaways from a new NYT report on Michael Flynn is the existence of a curiously-worded email from Trump transition adviser KT McFarland. Per The New York Times, this is how that exchange went down:
Mr. Bossert forwarded Ms. McFarland’s Dec. 29 email exchange about the sanctions to six other Trump advisers, including Mr. Flynn; Reince Priebus, who had been named as chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, the senior strategist; and Sean Spicer, who would become the press secretary. Mr. Obama, she wrote, was trying to “box Trump in diplomatically with Russia,” which could limit his options with other countries, including Iran and Syria. “Russia is key that unlocks door,” she wrote. She also wrote that the sanctions over Russian election meddling were intended to “lure Trump in trap of saying something” in defense of Russia, and were aimed at “discrediting Trump’s victory by saying was due to Russian interference.” “If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote. Mr. Bossert replied by urging all the top advisers to “defend election legitimacy now.”

As the Times notes, it’s “not clear” whether she believes the election was thrown, and one White House lawyer offered the defense that she was characterizing how Democrats are talking about it. But the potentially damning email is raising quite a lot of eyebrows online: [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

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