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Booker Statement on Withdrawal of Nomination of K.T. McFarland to be U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

February 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on today’s announcement that K.T. McFarland has withdrawn her nomination to be the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore:

“McFarland gave inconsistent and potentially knowingly false testimony to the U.S. Senate regarding her knowledge of communications between a foreign adversary and the Trump transition team. She failed to meet the bare minimum standards of forthrightness required for Senate confirmation, let alone the high standards to which we should hold all ambassadorial nominees.”

In written responses to questions submitted by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, McFarland said she was “not aware of any of the issues or events” related to interactions between the Trump transition team and Russia. However, emails obtained by the New York Times showed apparent contradictions in her testimony by revealing that she did indeed have knowledge of certain communications between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.