Corker Blocks Ambassador Nomination

Corker Blocks Ambassador Nomination
Former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland's nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to Singapore is on hold indefinitely because Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is concerned she may have lied about knowledge relating to her former boss, Mike Flynn, and his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has placed a hold on former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland’s nomination to be Ambassador to Singapore over claims she may have had communications with Russians.

The senator told reporters Tuesday:

"Her nomination is frozen for awhile until that gets worked out. We'll deal with it in appropriate time. She has to know that herself.'

In July, McFarland, who had served as a national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during his 2016 presidential campaign, told Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) she was never aware of any contacts between her former boss, Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn (ret.) and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. But earlier this week, The New York Times reported on an email exchange from last December in which she suggested she knew about a Dec. 29, 2016, meeting between Flynn and Kislyak.

Regarding that alleged discrepancy, Corker—who is a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump—said:

"If she did testify inappropriately, that's a big, big problem."

Corker has already announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.

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