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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 CardinPro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Cardin wins reelection in Maryland Election Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide MORE (D-Md.), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Trump mulls replacing Commerce chief Ross by end of year: reports Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems 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 CorkerDivided Congress to clash over Space Force, nuclear arsenal Flake not ruling out 2020 run against Trump Collins: Mueller 'must be allowed' to continue Russia probe 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.