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Trump transition raised flags about Flynn Russia contacts


WASHINGTON (AP) ó In late November, a member of Donald Trumpís transition team approached national security officials in the Obama White House with a curious request: Could the incoming team get a copy of the classified CIA profile on Sergey Kislyak, Russiaís ambassador to the United States?

Marshall Billingslea, a former Pentagon and NATO official, wanted the information for his boss, Michael Flynn, who had been tapped by Trump to serve as White House national security adviser. Billingslea knew Flynn would be speaking to Kislyak, according to two former Obama administration officials, and seemed concerned Flynn did not fully understand he was dealing with a man rumored to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

To the Obama White House, Billingsleaís concerns were startling: a member of Trumpís own team suggesting the incoming Trump administration might be in over its head in dealing with an adversary.

In the following weeks, the Obama White House would grow deeply distrustful of Trumpís dealing with the Kremlin and anxious about his teamís ties. The concern ó compounded by surge of new intelligence, including evidence of multiple calls, texts and at least one in-person meeting between Flynn and Kislyak ó would eventually grow so great Obama advisers delayed telling Trumpís team about plans to punish Russia for its election meddling. Obama officials worried the incoming administration might tip off Moscow, according to one Obama adviser.


Associated Press writer Eileen Sullivan contributed to this report.


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