Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland reportedly wrote into an email "that [Russia] has just thrown the U.S.A. election to [Trump].”
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. It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown.
Though disputed, a Trump official claims the Trump administration promised it would not interfere in President Obama's foreign policy. As part of his guilty plea, Flynn admitted to interfering in President Obama's foreign policy.
Mr. Cobb said the Trump team had never agreed to avoid such interactions. But one former White House official has disputed that, telling Mr. Mueller’s investigators that Trump transition officials had agreed to honor the Obama administration’s request.