Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report

Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report
© Getty

Senate Democrats have put a hold on the nomination of former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland to be the U.S. ambassador to Singapore after leaked emails contradicted written testimony she provided to the Senate, CNN reported Tuesday.

"I think there should be no action on this nomination until we get the information," Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinBusinesses fear blowback from Russia sanctions bill Dems ask Mnuchin to probe Russian investment in state election tech Hillicon Valley: Trump officials deliver show of force on election security | Apple hits trillion | How fake Facebook groups manipulated real activists | Senate group seeks new Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats embracing socialism is dangerous for America Kavanaugh recommended against Clinton indictment in 1998: report Kavanaugh once said president would likely have to testify before grand jury if subpoenaed: report MORE (D-N.J.) had asked McFarland in July about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contact with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. She responded by saying that she was "not aware of any of the issues or events” mentioned in the questions.

ADVERTISEMENT
But leaked emails reported on by The New York Times revealed that she was aware of a phone call between Flynn and Kislyak, which took place during the presidential transition.

The revelation has put McFarland’s nomination in jeopardy. Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs Trump draws bipartisan fire over Brennan GOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol MORE (R-Tenn.) said earlier Tuesday that her “nomination is frozen for a while until that gets worked out.”

"She has to know that herself, and we'll deal with it at the appropriate time,” Corker said.

Flynn pleaded guilty last week to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian officials, and is now working with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.