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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Douglas W. Kmiec
The American ambassador to China insisted Thursday that he never forced a blind dissident to leave the U.S. Embassy, as the human rights activist now in a hospital surrounded by Chinese police appealed for U.S. help to get out of the country.
The president of Bulgaria this week denounced the American ambassador on Facebook and compared him to a disreputable, 19th-century Russian envoy, as the U.S. Embassy in Sofia scrambled to defuse the diplomatic dispute.
The U.S. ambassador to Malta denounced State Department bureaucrats who accused him of spending too much time on religious issues, as he submitted his resignation to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
President Bush may have strong legal grounds for refusing congressional subpoenas, but the political price for asserting his executive privilege will be high, say lawyers who have worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents.
"I doubt very much whether one could ever spend too much time on this subject," he said in a resignation letter to President Obama.
Douglas W. Kmiec, a devout Catholic, announced his resignation as ambassador to Malta after a State Department inspector general's report said he spent too much time speaking and writing about religion.