Candidacy for US Ambassador to Albania returned to President Trump

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 8, 2019 12:14

Candidacy for US Ambassador to Albania returned to President Trump

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  • Kavalec was appointed by Trump in July 2018 and since then, her candidacy has been pending confirmation by the Senate Commission.

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TIRANA, Jan. 7 – According to aides at the US Senate’s Foreign Affairs Commission, the candidacy of Kathleen Ann Kavalec, proposed to succeed Donald Lu as US Ambassador to Albania, was sent back to US President Donald Trump unapproved on Friday, Jan. 4.

Kavalec was appointed by Trump in July 2018 and since then, her candidacy has been pending confirmation by the Senate Commission.

Kavalec was scheduled to appear in a session in front of the Senate last September as part of the confirmation process, but eventually did not testify and her name was removed from the announcement for the session.

A week before the session, Kavalec’s name was mentioned in a Washington Examiner article related to the correspondence of a Justice Department official with former British agent Christopher Steele.

The former agent was the one to hand in to American intelligence services a report on the possible ties between Trump’s campaign and the Russians.

However, Kavalec’s name still appears on the White House website as a candidate for the post.

According to Senate rules, when the waiting time for confirmation exceeds 30 days, the candidacy is returned to the president, but the Senate committee can bypass this rule by a consensual vote.

Kavalec’s candidacy has been one of the longest awaiting confirmation from all those submitted to the Senate Commission.

It is still unclear why the commission didn’t take the candidacy into consideration.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 8, 2019 12:14