Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report

Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report
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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 CardinOn The Money: GOP angst grows over Trump's trade war | Trump promises help for 'Patriot Farmers' | Markets rebound | CBO founding director Alice Rivlin dies | Senate to vote on disaster aid bill next week Senators offer bipartisan retirement savings bill Top Finance Dem offers bill to help those repaying student loans save for retirement MORE (D-Md.), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam 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.

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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 CorkerJeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump Corker: 'I just don't' see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' 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.