The report comes one day after Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his s with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in the month before Trump took office.
He promised to cooperate with the special counsel, Mr Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and obstruction of justice by Mr Trump.
However, the New York Times reported on Monday that it had obtained an email McFarland sent on December 29, 2016, the day former President Barack Obama's administration authorized new sanctions against Russian Federation, saying Flynn would talk to Kislyak that evening.
The Democratic hold on McFarland's nomination means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have to take procedural steps in order to overcome the hold and confirm her nomination, which would eat up valuable floor time.
McFarland served as deputy national security adviser until May, when she was nominated to be the ambassador to Singapore, an appointment that requires Senate confirmation.
Outlets also identified Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as the "very senior transition official" referenced in the documents who reportedly pushed Flynn to persuade the Russian government to vote against a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
"Did you ever discuss any of General Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak directly with General Flynn?" Sen.
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In a statement Monday, Mr Booker said that he was concerned that Ms McFarland might have answered falsely.
So let's see, which Trump associates or officials have so far been caught lying about meetings with the Russians?
Flynn talked to Mr Kislyak by phone on Dec 29, the day the sanctions took effect, and several days later.
U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to Singapore K.T. McFarland testifies at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 20, 2017. A White House lawyer told the newspaper that McFarland was referring to the Democrats' portrayal of the election.
She also wrote: "If there is a tit-for-tat escalation, Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russian Federation which has just thrown U.S. election to him". McFarland was not mentioned in the court filings, but CNN has reported, citing sources familiar, that she was the transition official who spoke to Flynn. White House officials said on Friday that they believed that the official was Ms McFarland, but that information has not been confirmed.
Flynn then briefed senior transition team members about his discussions with Mr Kislyak, the records show.
McFarland was reportedly aware of Flynn's with Moscow.