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Immediately after speaking with McFarland, Flynn called and spoke with Kislyak. 1248 Flynn discussed multiple topics with Kislyak, including the sanctions, scheduling a video teleconference between President-Elect Trump and Putin, an upcoming terrorism conference, and Russia's views about the Middle East. 1249 With respect to the sanctions, Flynn requested that Russia not escalate the situation, not get into a "tit for tat," and only respond to the sanctions in a reciprocal manner.1250

Multiple Transition Team members were aware that Flynn was speaking with Kislyak that day. In addition to her conversations with Bannon and Reince Priebus, at 4:43 p.m., McFarland sent an email to Transition Team members about the sanctions, informing the group that "Gen [F]lynn is talking to russian ambassador this evening." 1251 Less than an hour later, McFarland briefed President-Elect Trump. Bannon, Priebus, Sean Spicer, and other Transition Team members were present. 1252 During the briefing, President-Elect Trump asked McFarland if the Russians did "it," meaning the intrusions intended to influence the presidential election. 1253 McFarland said yes, and President-Elect Trump expressed doubt that it was the Russians.1254 McFarland also discussed potential Russian responses to the sanctions, and said Russia's response would be an indicator of what the Russians wanted going forward. 1255 President-Elect Trump opined that the sanctions provided him with leverage to use with the Russians. 1256 McFarland recalled that at the end of the meeting, someone may have mentioned to President-Elect Trump that Flynn was speaking to the Russian ambassador that evening. 1257

After the briefing, Flynn and McFarland spoke over the phone. 1258 Flynn reported on the substance of his call with Kislyak, including their discussion of the sanctions. 1259 According to McFarland, Flynn mentioned that the Russian response to the sanctions was not going to be escalatory because they wanted a good relationship with the incoming Administration.1260 McFarland also gave Flynn a summary of her recent briefing with President-Elect Trump. 1261

1248 Flynn Statement of Offense ,r 3(d). 1249 Flynn 11/17/17 302, at 3-4; Flynn Statement of Offense ,r 3(c); 12/30/16 Email, Flynn to


125° Flynn 11/17 /17 302, at 1; Flynn Statement of Offense ,r 3(d). 1251 12/29/16 Email, McFarland to Flynn et al. 1252 12/29/16 Email, Westerhoutto Flaherty; McFarland 12/22/17 302, at 7. 1253 McFarland 12/22/17 302, at 7. 1254 McFarland 12/22/17 302, at 7. 1255 McFarland 12/22/17 302, at 7. 1256 McFarland 12/22/ 17 302, at 7. 1257 McFarland 12/22/ 17 302, at 7. 1258 McFarland 12/22/17 302, at 7. 1259 Flynn 11/17 /17 302, at 4; Flynn Statement of Offense ,r 3(e). 1260 McFarland 12/22/17 302, at 8. 1261 McFarland 12/22/1 7 302, at 8.


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Donald Trump Reince Priebus Sergey Kislyak Stephen Bannon Kathleen McFarland Sean Spicer

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