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K. T. McFarland served on the presidential transition team before becoming the White House deputy national security adviser.

The email, obtained by The New York Times, sheds new light on McFarland's role in coordinating the transition team's attempts to convince Russia not to retaliate against the U.S. after President Barack Obama announced new sanctions and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats previous year.

An e-mail exchange obtained by The New York Times indicates that Ms McFarland was aware at the time of a crucial Dec 29 phone call between Flynn and Mr Kislyak that was intercepted by USA intelligence. One of the most suspicious aspects of Flynn's communication at the time was that he reportedly spoke with Kislyak immediately after then President Barack Obama imposed new restrictions on Russian diplomats, as punishment for the alleged hacking of the US election. Flynn's plea Friday came in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

President Trump nominated the former Fox News analyst-turned-deputy national security adviser to the diplomatic post of ambassador to Singapore back in June.

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In his written questions to ms McFarland, submitted as part of her confirmation process, Mr Booker wrote that Flynn had been warned by another transition official that his contacts with the Russian ambassador would most likely be intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies. 'Flynn couldn't have asked Sergei Ivanovich (Kislyak) about anything, and, what's more such requests couldn't have been passed on to the Russian president'.

Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN he thinks McFarland's nomination is imperiled.

Outlets also identified Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as the "very senior transition official" referenced in the documents who reportedly pushed Flynn to persuade the Russian government to vote against a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Flynn had previously denied that he discussed sanctions with the Russian official, but later acknowledged that the issue came up.

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