Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report

Former top White House official K.T. McFarland has reportedly revised her statement to the special counsel's office about her knowledge of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's Russian contacts.

McFarland made the revision after her reported testimony to Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigators —stating that she never talked to Flynn about his discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions — was contradicted by Flynn's guilty plea last year, The Washington Post reports.

“On that call, Flynn and [McFarland] discussed the U.S. sanctions, including the potential impact of those sanctions on the incoming administration’s foreign policy goals,” read a line in Flynn's plea agreement.

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The former top Trump aide told investigators in her revised statement that Flynn may have been talking about sanctions during a 2016 conversation the two had that McFarland initially denied had anything to do with sanctions targeting Russia's government, according to the Post.

McFarland didn't respond to requests for comment for the newspaper's story.  

McFarland's nomination to be ambassador to Singapore was derailed late last year over similar issues after Democrats and some Republicans raised concerns about contradictions between Flynn's guilty plea and her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerKavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE (D-N.J.), who sits on the panel, at the time called the apparent contradiction between McFarland's testimony and Flynn's plea "alarming."

"Recent developments suggest that Ms. McFarland gave false testimony to the United States Senate on a matter as significant as communications between the Russian government and the Trump transition team,” he said in a statement in December.

“If this is the case, this is an alarming development, and another example of a pattern of deception on the part of Trump’s closest associates regarding their connections and communications to Russian government officials,” he said.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE's attacks on the Russia probe have intensified in recent weeks after former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud last month.

Manafort agreed to cooperate with Mueller's probe as part of a guilty plea in a separate federal court in Washington, D.C., this month.