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State Department: Bolton Questionnaire Response was 'Inaccurate'

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posted on Jul, 28 2005 @ 09:50 PM
The State Department acknowledged today that U.N. ambassador nominee John Bolton's responses to a Senate questionnaire were "inaccurate". According to a State Department spokesperson, Bolton was interviewed as a part of a joint investigation into Iraq's attempts to purchase yellow-cake uranium from Niger, contrary to his written response to a Senate questionnaire.
WASHINGTON — While John Bolton has enjoyed renewed scrutiny because of an alleged tie to the leak of a CIA officer's name, the State Department acknowledged Thursday night that President Bush's pick to be ambassador to the United Nations did inaccurately state his role in another probe.

A spokesman said that Bolton had in fact been questioned by the State Department inspector general, contrary to his response in a questionnaire filled out for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the confirmation process.

"Mr. Bolton was not interviewed as part of the [CIA leak] investigation. When Mr. Bolton completed the forms during the confirmation process, he did not recall being interviewed by the State Department's inspector general. Therefore his form as submitted was inaccurate. He will correct it," State Department spokesman Noel Clay said.

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The Fox News headline sure puts a positive spin on this revelation. More cynical observers might just as easily say (and probably will say) that he lied, intentionally misled the Senate, or has a poor memory.

Mr. Bolton appears to have been involved in a great many controversial events and investigations, even in the last five years - the period covered by the Senate questionnaire. I suppose it is possible (but not likely) that he simply forgot the interview.

Bolton's nomination to the U.N. post has been successfully delayed by Democrats for four months now and it looks the President is going to make another recess appointment to bypass the deadlock.

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posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 06:31 PM
Follow up story from FOX:

WASHINGTON — President Bush is expected to put State Department official John Bolton (search) on the job as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations this week with the help of the U.S. Constitution, which allows the president to fill any vacancies during a congressional recess.

In the letter to Bush on Friday, 35 Senate Democrats and one independent accused Bolton of intentionally misleading the Senate, dismissing his claim that it was an innocent mistake as "simply not believable."

Democrats continue to maintain that the nominee is not the man for the job.

"He's damaged goods; this is a person who lacks credibility. This will be the first U.N. ambassador since 1948 we ever sent there under a recess appointment. That's not what you want to send up, a person who doesn't have the confidence of the Congress," Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., told "FOX News Sunday."

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Democrat Senators Letter To Bush:

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