- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2005


Democrats opposed to the appointment of John R. Bolton as U.N. ambassador said yesterday they will slow down the Senate’s consideration of the embattled nominee as they try to build their case against him.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, said that she will use procedural delays as Democrats continue seeking information about Mr. Bolton from the State Department and other agencies. “It is not fair to bring this nomination to the floor for debate and a vote until all the information has been delivered,” Mrs. Boxer said.

Mrs. Boxer said Democrats want information on whether President Bush’s choice for ambassador sought the names of U.S. officials whose communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence. They also want details on the private business activities of a Bolton assistant, Matthew Friedman, and on Mr. Bolton’s speeches on Syria.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-8 Thursday to send Mr. Bolton’s nomination to the full Senate without an endorsement. Usually, Senate committees endorse the nominations they approve.

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