Bush Thumbs His Nose At The US Senate.
Bush bypassed the Senate Monday by giving John Bolton a recess appointment to be the US ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Democrats have blocked Bolton’s appointment for five months, demanding documentation on Bolton’s job performance at the State Department. Secretary of State Condi Rice has refused to hand over the documentation. Bolton had inaccurately told Congress that he had not been interviewed or testified in any investigation in the last five years when Bolton had been interviewed by the State Department’s inspector general as a part of a joint investigation with the CIA on the Bush’s claims that Iraq had attempted to buy uranium yellowcake from Niger. In June, Republican Senator Pat Roberts said a recess appointment “would weaken not only Mr. Bolton but also the United States.”