K.T. McFarland previously served on the Trump team as deputy national security adviser under Michael Flynn.
In July 2016, McFarland testified before congress that she had not been aware of any “issues or events” related to Flynn’s contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak; however, in December 2017 The New York Times revealed that McFarland did in fact have knowledge of communications between Flynn and Kislyak. McFarland also emailed a colleague in December 2016, during the transition period, stating that Russia had “just thrown the U.S.A. election to [Trump.]” McFarland was nominated for the position of U.S. Ambassador to Singapore in May 2017. Her original nomination was stalled, leading the White House to re-nominate her in January 2018. After her nomination continued to be delayed “due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over communications with Russia,” she withdrew her name for consideration in February 2018.
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