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Another US senator wavers on Bolton posting
By Guy Dinmore in Washington
Published: April 20 2005 19:48 | Last updated: April 21 2005 00:47
The Bush administration on Wednesday sprang to the defence of John Bolton as the president's choice for US ambassador to the United Nations, accusing Democrats of inventing allegations over his character in order to delay a Senate confirmation vote.
Although officials geared up for a bruising fight with Democrats, the tide appeared to be turning against the White House. Another Republican senator, Lincoln Chafee, dissented and suggested that President George W. Bush nominate someone else.
Two Detail Bolton's Efforts to Punish Dissent
By Dafna Linzer
The Washington Post
Friday 29 April 2005
A former senior Bush administration official told Senate staff members yesterday that John R. Bolton, the president's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, sought to punish two State Department officials for disagreeing with him on nonproliferation issues, congressional sources said. And a former CIA chief, disputing Bolton, said the nominee had tried to fire a national intelligence officer who believed Bolton was exaggerating evidence on Cuba, they said.
John S. Wolf, who served as assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation and as President Bush's senior envoy to the Middle East until last year, and Alan Foley, who ran the CIA's weapons of mass destruction office, were two of six people who were interviewed by staff members on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Bolton's nomination before the panel has been stalled by allegations that he bullied intelligence analysts, harassed colleagues and exaggerated threats posed by Cuba, Syria, North Korea and Iran.
Bolton's Nomination Is Questioned by Another Powell Aide
By Douglas Jehl
The New York Times
Saturday 30 April 2005
Washington - A fourth senior member of Colin L. Powell's team at the State Department expressed strong reservations on Friday about the nomination of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations.
The official, A. Elizabeth Jones, is a veteran diplomat who stepped down in February as assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia. Among those who have now voiced public concerns about Mr. Bolton, Ms. Jones joins Lawrence Wilkerson, Mr. Powell's chief of staff; Carl W. Ford, Jr., who headed the department's intelligence bureau; and John R. Wolf, who was assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation. Associates of Mr. Powell have said he has expressed concerns of his own in private conversations with at least two Republican senators.
"I don't know if he's incapable of negotiation, but he's unwilling," Ms. Jones said in an interview. She said she believed that "the fundamental problem," if Mr. Bolton were to become United Nations ambassador, would be a reluctance on his part to make the kinds of minor, symbolic concessions necessary to build consensus among other governments and maintain the American position.