Obama administration officials were reluctant to give the Trump transition team a heads-up on the sanctions expressly because they worried that someone on Trump’s team would tip off the Russians about what was coming. But Trump’s people did get some advance notice … just enough to account for the Russians’ early departure.
These are the same compounds that Trump had been planning to return to the Russians.
The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, that its officials were ejected from in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
That Michael Flynn—or Jared Kushner—would have called up the Russians to warn them about the loss of the compounds seems completely believable.
However, it also doesn’t seem like enough to explain the sudden effort to turn collusion into something that everybody does. All the time. So it’s not an issue.
Donald Trump, Fox News, and Trump surrogates have seriously moved from “there was no collusion” to “You can collude all you want with a foreign government in an election.” What do they know that everyone else is about to find out?