Republican Senators to Block Trump Pick for Colombia Ambassador

The Washington Free BeaconSeveral Republican senators are determined to blunt a State Department effort to fast-track the Senate confirmation of a career State Department official who served as a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a key ambassador post.

Three Republicans—Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), and Ted Cruz (Texas)—have publicly decried the nomination of Joseph MacManus, a 30-year veteran of the foreign service who was close to Clinton during her tenure, to become ambassador to Colombia.

The State Department is not backing down and is trying to push other senators to take up the MacManus nomination and quickly confirm him before the end of the year, according to GOP congressional sources. …

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