An email made public by WikiLeaks during the election cycle positions retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation in an interesting new light, as it uncovers an incident that occurred on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The internal email, circulated among Hillary Clinton’s senior presidential campaign officials, reveals that Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, requested a meeting with the former Secretary of State’s top aides in January 2016. The email is among those sent to and from Clinton national campaign chairman John Podesta.
“Chinese Ambassador Cui invited me over to the residence Tuesday for a coffee and to make a request. He wants to have an informal, private, off the record get together with a few of us to discuss the next year and the current state of US-China affairs,” Clinton campaign aide Kurt Campbell wrote in the Jan. 7, 2016, email.
“He asked me to host a social meal at my house in the next month. He was fairly insistent and indicated that he wanted to pass along some perspectives. I told him I’d reach out to you all to see about your judgement on this and possible availability. I’m happy to make some chili and cornbread by the fire but let’s first decide whether this makes sense. Please let me know your thinking,” Campbell wrote.
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Cui’s request for the off-the-record meeting with Clinton campaign aides provides additional perspective on the controversy surrounding President Trump and his former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Flynn resigned Monday after it was revealed that he provided Vice President Mike Pence an incomplete report about a Dec. 29, 2016, telephone conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislvak. Initially, Flynn told Pence that nothing was discussed about the subject of U.S. sanctions against Russia.
When it was later learned via secret transcripts of the conversation recorded by U.S. intelligence agencies that the discussions did include sanctions-related issues, Flynn was asked by Trump to resign.
Reports have been swirling about additional Trump aides having contact with Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign, but Trump emphatically denied during a Thursday press conference that he has connections or business interests in Russia. Democrats and some Republicans in Congress have called for a congressional investigation into the Flynn resignation.
But the Chinese ambassador’s request suggests meetings between presidential campaigners and foreign officials might not be as unusual as the news media’s coverage of Flynn claims.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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