Former Trump aide nomination to be Singapore envoy stalled over Russian Federation concerns

Former Trump aide nomination to be Singapore envoy stalled over Russian Federation concerns

Former Trump aide nomination to be Singapore envoy stalled over Russian Federation concerns

McFarland told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in written comments that she "was not aware" of any communications between Flynn and the Russian ambassador - an assertion that appears to be contradicted by court documents unsealed Friday after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Flynn's plea Friday came in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. In a December 29 message about newly imposed Obama administration sanctions against Russia for its election interference, Ms. McFarland, then serving on Mr. Trump's transition team, told another transition official that Mr. Flynn would be talking to the Russian ambassador that evening.

K.T. McFarland's nomination for US ambassador to Singapore is on hold.

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Repeated attempts to reach Ms. McFarland, who served until May as deputy national security adviser and is now awaiting Senate confirmation as ambassador to Singapore, were unsuccessful. She left the National Security Council to take the ambassador post in Singapore not long after Flynn resigned as national security adviser.

In his written questions, Mr Booker asked, "Did you ever discuss any of Gen Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak directly with Gen Flynn?"

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"If this is the case, this is an alarming development, and another example of a pattern of deception on the part of Trump's closest associates regarding their connections and communications to Russian government officials".

KT McFarland, a top official on President Donald Trump's transition team, said in an email last December that they should reassure Russian Federation, which she said had just "thrown the United States of America election" to Trump.

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"Gen Flynn is talking to the Russian ambassador this evening", she wrote. A White House lawyer told the newspaper that McFarland was referring to the Democrats' portrayal of the election. An Associated Press on Friday identified McFarland as a senior transition official mentioned in court documents who discussed with Flynn in 2016 the USA sanctions against Russian Federation and potential retaliation from Moscow. White House officials said on Friday that they believed that the official was Ms McFarland, but that information has not been confirmed.

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