Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts revealed Friday on live TV the identity of the official who reportedly told former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to talk to the Russian government about sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Russia.
In court papers filed Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller referred to a “senior” official on then-President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. On Dec. 29, 2016, Flynn contacted that official to determine what he should tell then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about those sanctions, according to Mueller.
Reporting from outside the White House, Roberts identified that “senior” official as K.T. McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser who is currently waiting to be confirmed by the Senate as the ambassador to Singapore.
Roberts cited “a source with intimate and full knowledge of the investigation” who he said was “very, very knowledgeable.”
Fox News host Shepard Smith then pointed out that McFarland is a name Fox viewers may recognize, and not just for her work in the Trump administration.
“K.T. McFarland was to work for the administration, and did for a short time. She’s a former Fox News contributor that viewers may recognize here,” he said.
Roberts’ reporting was backed up by The Associated Press, which cited “two former officials on President Donald Trump’s transition team” as confirming that McFarland was the official referred to by Mueller as having spoken with Flynn on Dec. 29.
Moreover, the AP also identified the “very senior transition official” whom Mueller claims met with Flynn on Dec. 22 to tell him to contact Russia regarding a U.N. resolution that involved Israeli settlements.
That official was reportedly Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and Trump’s son-in-law.
Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” regarding conversations he had with Kislyak.
In a statement, Flynn said the “guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
White House attorney Ty Cobb, meanwhile, has denied that Flynn’s guilty plea and potential cooperation with Mueller’s investigation implicate Trump or his administration.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in (Flynn’s) resignation in February of this year,” Cobb said. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”
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“The concussion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
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