President Barack Obama has nominated Mari Carmen Aponte to become the next ambassador of El Salvador, a decade after she was forced to withdrawal her name from consideration for a similar post following concerns about alleged ties to Cuba, Newsmax.com reports.
A former FBI official told Fox News that Aponte’s 1998 nomination by president Clinton began receiving attention after the foreign relations panel questioned her about a past relationship with Roberto Tamayo, who was alleged to have "possible ties to the Cuban government" and made "repeated trips there."
Current White House spokesman Tommy Vietor responded, "as has been previously reported, the FBI fully investigated this issue in 1999, and Ms. Aponte received a thorough background check by diplomatic security as part of the nomination process this time around," quoted by the news source.
"Had there been any doubt, [President Obama] would not have nominated Ms. Aponte to this position," he added.
Meanwhile, the former FBI official told the news source that Aponte should not be nominated again after such a controversy.
"It shows a disrespect to the process," the official said. "Hopefully there’ll be somebody on the committee who takes a sober look at the record."