The New York Times has just pointed out another possible instance of perjury from a senior Trump Administration official.
K.T. McFarland, Trump’s former Deputy National Security Advisor, has been awaiting confirmation from the Senate for her appointment as ambassador to Singapore since she testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July.
Subsequent to the hearing, Senator Corey Brooker (D-NJ) asked her an additional question in writing as part of the confirmation process: “Did you ever discuss any of General Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak directly with General Flynn?”
McFarland’s response was ““I am not aware of any of the issues or events as described above”.
The problem that has surfaced is the existence of an email obtained by The New York Times from McFarland to another Trump transition official that contradicts that sworn testimony. The paper describes the email thusly:
“In a Dec. 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.”
Apparently, Jeff Sessions forgot to inform Ms. McFarland that the language that one is supposed to use in any Senate testimony should be worded “I do not recall”, rather than “I am not aware.”
Senator Booker had no trouble finding words to describe what he thought of McFarland’s dissembling response to his extremely direct question:
“Recent developments suggest that Ms. McFarland gave false testimony to the United States Senate on a matter as significant as communications between the Russian government and the Trump transition team,” he said. “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.”
McFarland’s email exchanges hit the news this weekend when it was revealed that she referred to Russia as the country “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to” Trump, a phrase seen by many as the smoking gun proving the Trump campaign’s collusion with Putin.
That McFarland was an active member of the Trump/Russia fan club is not the least bit in doubt, as evidenced by this editorial that she wrote for Fox News when President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, thankfully resurrected from the internet archives by MSNBC Producer Kyle Griffin:
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 5, 2017
No wonder Trump hired her.
Now the question will be: does she spend the next few years in the tropical city-state of Singapore as an ambassador, or will she be spending most of her time in court, fighting perjury charges for giving false testimony to the Senate committee responsible for her confirmation? Hopefully, justice will be served.