Leaked Podesta emails show members of Hillary Clinton’s staff were in communication with the Chinese Ambassador during her Presidential campaign in 2016. Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai wanted to meet with a Clinton campaign aide, Kurt Campbell.
The email, according to WikiLeaks:
“Guys – 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. 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.
The only difference between this situation and that of National Security Adviser, Michael T. Flynn, was that his discussion with Russia’s ambassador occurred after the campaign.
In Daily Caller:
“Flynn resigned Monday following revelations that he gave Vice President Mike Pence incomplete details about a Dec. 29, 2016 telephone conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislvak. Flynn first told Pence that nothing was discussed in the conversation regarding U.S. sanctions against Russia. After it was learned that secret transcripts of the conversation recorded by U.S. intelligence agencies revealed discussions of sanctions-related issues, Flynn was asked by Trump to resign. But the Chinese ambassador’s request suggests meetings between presidential campaigners and foreign officials may not be unusual.”