Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was one of the officials who spoke to former national security adviser Michael Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials, it was reported.
Former Trump adviser K.T. McFarland was named as another transitional official who disgraced aide Flynn shared information with, according to CNN.
McFarland went on to serve in the Trump White House and has been nominated to be the US ambassador to Singapore.
The information emerged after Lieutenant General Flynn yesterday admitted lying to the FBI when he was questioned about potentially illegal contact with Vladimir Putin’s regime.
CNN also reported she met with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking at contacts between Russians and the Trump administration.
It is also claimed Flynn is set to tell the FBI that Trump told him to make contact with Russia before he took office, according to explosive reports.
Flynn, who was sacked as national security adviser by Trump, is prepared to testify that he acted on the President’s orders, ABC News reports.
He could face up to five years in prison after admitting the charge, but the White House has said he acted alone.
The former top Trump campaign aide – who is a central figure in a federal investigation into Moscow’s alleged interference in the last year’s presidential election – pleaded guilty under a plea deal to lying to the FBI.
It is the latest dramatic moment in a probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
An ally of Flynn has told ABC that he will testify that Trump directed him to make contact with Russians, initially to discuss how to tackle ISIS in Syria.
It remains unclear when the instruction was given, and whether the contact was illegal.
Flynn admitted making false statements about contacts he had in December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, after Trump’s election but before he was sworn in as President.
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr Flynn,” Ty Cobb, a White House attorney,said in a statement on Friday.
Following the plea, former FBI director James Comey, who was controversially sacked by Trump earlier this year, appeared to allude to the case when he posted a biblical quote on Twitter.
Comey wrote: “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24”
Flynn was forced out of his White House post in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the ambassador.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” Cobb said, adding that the plea “clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion” of Mueller’s probe.
Moscow has denied a conclusion by US intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election campaign to try to sway the vote in Trump’s favor.
Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign and has called Mueller’s probe a witch hunt.
Flynn said today that his decision to plead guilty and to cooperate with the investigation was “made in the best interests of my family and of our country.”
In a statement issued by the law firm representing him, Flynn also said it was “painful to endure” the “false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts” over the past several months but that he recognised “that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong.”
It comes days after it emerged Kusher met with Mueller’s team to discuss Flynn.
Kushner spoke with Mueller’s team for less than 90 minutes and the nature of the questioning was principally to make sure he did not have information that exonerated Flynn, CNN reported.
“Mr Kushner has voluntarily cooperated with all relevant inquiries and will continue to do so,” Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s lawyer, told Reuters.
Court documents released today say Flynn wilfully misled federal investigators when he denied having asked the Russian Ambassador to the US to delay a vote on a pending UN Security Council Resolution.
After the 2016 election, Barack Obama kicked 35 Russia diplomats out of the US after his intelligence advisers said they believed Vladimir Putin’s government had used hackers to interfere with the poll.
Lt Gen Flynn, then part of Trump’s transition team, spoke to the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, on the phone over the Christmas period.
Flynn denied having discussed the easing of sanctions against Russia during the calls – repeating the denial in a briefing to Vice President elect Mike Pence. Flynn said the conversation was limited to small talk and holiday pleasantries.
Pence went on to repeat his denial publicly.
But in March 2016, acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the Trump administration Flynn had indeed discussed sanctions with the Russians before the Trump team took over, and had a transcript of a wiretapped phone call to prove it.
She said his misleading statements had left him vulnerable to blackmail by Russian operatives.
Flynn has made semi-regular appearances on Russia’s state propaganda TV network Russia Today.
He gave a speech on world affairs to a gala dinner hosted by the network in 2015, sitting at the same table as Vladimir Putin himself.