A month ago the nomination of former Fox News personality K.T. McFarland to become ambassador to Singapore was dead in the water, a casualty of the Russia probe. She had been caught in a lie, declaring in writing to a Senate committee she knew nothing about contacts between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador, only to have The New York Times publish her exchange of emails with Flynn that showed she was in the loop. Republican Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee charged with vetting McFarland, has a reputation for parsing his words very carefully. In December, after Democrat Cory Booker released his written exchange with McFarland together with her false answer, Corker described the nomination as “pretty frozen,” adding, “she has to know this is a problem.”

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