McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows

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J. Scott Applewhite | AP | BDN

Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a Democratic source told CNN.

Former adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about reaching out to Russian officials.

"I am not aware of any of the issues or events described above", Ms McFarland wrote in response, sidestepping a direct answer to the question.

But emails obtained by The New York Times appear to undermine those statements.

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. He pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to F.B.I. agents about his discussions with Mr. Kislyak about the sanctions. And that matters because it's another piece of the ongoing puzzle about what, if any, collusion occurred between Russian Federation and Team Trump.

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If senators on the Foreign Relations Committee find that Ms McFarland was evasive in her testimony, it could complicate her nomination to become ambassador to Singapore.

Alright, so some back story: McFarland used to be Michael Flynn's deputy national security adviser.

So let's see, which Trump associates or officials have so far been caught lying about meetings with the Russians?

K.T. McFarland's nomination for US ambassador to Singapore is on hold. According to his guilty plea, the "very senior member" - allegedly Kushner - ordered Flynn to tell the Russian ambassador to the USA to delay a UN vote about Israeli settlement-building until after the Trump inaugaration, meaning that Trump and his team were influencing global politics prior to his being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Hours after Flynn's team filed the statement, the Associated Press began reporting that Jared Kushner - who has played a crucial role in not only the campaign, but also the administration as the President's senior advisor - was the "very senior member" of the presidential transition team anonymously named in the statement.

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