Trump Pulled Ambassador Nomination of State Department Official Who Communicated With Steele and Ohr

Sara A. Carter | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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A State Department official who was awaiting confirmation to be U.S. Ambassador to Albania communicated with the former British spy Christopher Steele and supplied information to a senior DOJ official after and before the 2016 presidential election.

Former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ann Kavalec’s nomination was withdrawn recently by President Trump, according to a Senior White House official who spoke to

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Kavalec was awaiting to be confirmed as Ambassador to Albania, but information surfaced that she had personally met and was in communication with Steele before and after the 2016 presidential election. Kavalec, a long time State Department employee, worked under Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. She was also a supporter of former President Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, giving a small donation of $250 in 2012 to the Obama Victory Fund and another $250 to Clinton in 2016.

State Department officials referred questions regarding Kavalec to the White House. They said they could not discuss Kavalec.

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However, a senior White House Official told that President Trump has withdrawn her nomination.

“She is a career foreign service officer who was nominated through the career process -the President withdrew her nomination,” the White House official said.

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They noted that she “is not pending in the Senate and was never confirmed to the post.”

However, the State Department website continues to show Kavalec as a nominee. Kavalec could not be reached for comment via requests to the State Department.

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Kavalec, as well as her colleague Jonathan Winer, a former assistant to former Secretary of State John Kerry, supplied information they had collected from Steele to Bruce Ohr, said sources familiar with the congressional investigations. Ohr is a senior Department of Justice official who was used as a backchannel for the FBI after Steele was removed from the bureau for shopping his dossier to the...
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