The nomination of KT McFarland as the would-be US ambassador to Singapore appears to be in the doldrums amidst concern about her testimony to the US Congress over communications with Russia.
Republican Senator Bob Corker told reporters at the US Capitol, “Her nomination is frozen for a while until that gets worked out.”
US President Donald Trump earlier this year nominated McFarland, a former deputy national security adviser, to be the US envoy to Singapore.
Though the US foreign relations committee approved the nomination in September despite the opposition of almost every Democratic member, but no vote on McFarland has been scheduled in the full Senate.
McFarland said in a written response to a question from Democratic Senator Cory Booker, a foreign relations committee member, that she was “not aware” of communications between Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn and Sergei Kislyak, when Kislyak was ambassador to Russia.
However, the New York Times reported on Monday that it had obtained an email McFarland sent on Dec 29, 2016, the day former President Barack Obama's administration authorised new sanctions against Russia, saying Flynn would talk to Kislyak that evening.
Flynn pled guilty on Friday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russia, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving into the actions of Trump's inner circle before he took office.