Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Kerry Critical of Bolton Appointment

Kennedy, Kerry criticize Bolton appointment

(Capitol Hill - AP) — John Bolton's recess appointment to be UN ambassador is drawing predictable criticism from Massachusetts Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, both Democrats.

President Bush swept aside Senate opposition today by installing Bolton in the post with a recess appointment. The move is allowed by the Constitution but it will only last until January 2007.

Kennedy calls the bypass of the Senate "a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent." He says the president abused his power.

Kerry says the appointment "diminishes John Bolton's validity and leverage to secure America's goals at the UN."

Critics say Bolton is not fit to serve in the post. They point to numerous accusations that he abuses subordinates and misused intelligence.


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