[FoRK] Who needs congress anyway?

Adam L Beberg beberg
Fri Jul 29 19:00:28 PDT 2005

Why bother with the democrats at all, just route around them. Neocons 
think the UN is evil anyway, so why not Bolton?

Hail the emperor!


Officials: Bush Plans to Install Bolton
Associated Press Writer

President Bush intends to announce next week that he is going around 
Congress to install embattled nominee John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador 
to the United Nations, senior administration officials said Friday.

Bush has the power to fill vacancies without Senate approval while 
Congress is in recess. Under the Constitution, a recess appointment 
during the lawmakers' August break would last until the next session of 
Congress, which begins in January 2007.

An end run around the Senate confirmation process would certainly annoy 
senators ? particularly Democrats ? at a time when Bush's nomination of 
John Roberts to serve on the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. It also 
could hamper Bolton at the United Nations, by sending him there as a 
short-timer without the Senate's backing.

"There's just too much unanswered about Bolton and I think the president 
would make a truly serious mistake if he makes a recess appointment," 
Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) of Delaware, the top 
Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview.

Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the president 
had not made the announcement and Congress wasn't yet in recess, said 
Bush planned to exercise that authority before he leaves Washington on 
Tuesday for his ranch. The House recessed on Thursday and the Senate's 
break was scheduled to begin later Friday.

Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Scott McClellan gave the 
strongest indication yet that Bush planned to do so, noting that the 
U.N. General Assembly has its annual meeting in mid-September.

"It's important that we get our permanent representative in place," he 
said. "This is a critical time and it's important to continue moving 
forward on comprehensive reform."

Bush counselor Dan Bartlett said the president had not made a decision 
on whether to make a recess appointment.

"He retains that right to do, but he will continue to work with the 
Senate as long as he can," Barlett said. "But he has not made a decision."

Bolton's nomination, announced in March by the president, was 
controversial from the start and has been stalled in the Senate by 

Critics say Bolton, who has been accused of mistreating subordinates and 
has been openly skeptical about the United Nations, would be ill-suited 
to the sensitive diplomatic task at the world body. The White House says 
the former undersecretary of state for arms control, who has long been 
one of Bush's most conservative foreign policy advisers, is exactly the 
man to whip the United Nations into shape.

This week, critics raised a fresh concern, saying Bolton had neglected 
to tell Congress he had been interviewed in a government investigation 
into faulty prewar intelligence on Iraq.

The State Department said Thursday that Bolton was interviewed in 2003 
by the department inspector general. The office was conducting a joint 
investigation with the CIA into allegations that Iraq attempted to buy 
nuclear materials from Niger. Bolton had earlier submitted a 
questionnaire to the Senate in which he had said he had not testified to 
a grand jury or been interviewed by investigators in any inquiry over 
the past five years.

Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record) said he would 
vote against Bolton ? if given the chance ? and would oppose a recess 
appointment if it is accurate that Bolton's form was originally 
incorrect. "Any intimidation of the facts, or suppression of information 
getting to the public which led us to the war, absolutely should 
preclude him from a recess appointment," said Chafee, of Rhode Island.

Also Friday, 35 Democratic senators and one independent, Sen. Jim 
Jeffords of Vermont, sent a letter to Bush urging against a recess 
appointment. "Sending someone to the United Nations who has not been 
confirmed by the United States Senate and now who has admitted to not 
being truthful on a document so important that it requires a sworn 
affidavit is going to set our efforts back in many ways," the letter said.

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