Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Senate Panel Delays Vote on Bolton to U.N.


Yesterday I (like a whole mess of folks in the blogosphere) cited to the letter written by a victim of John Bolton's vindictive nature. It was submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I never would have thought anything would come of it. But perhaps our abilty to widely disseminate this information meant something here -- it wasn't swept under the carpet.

John Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador suffered an unexpected setback Tuesday when the Republican-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee scrapped plans for a vote in favor of a fresh look at allegations of unbecoming conduct.
Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the senior Democrat on the panel, read from what he said was a letter from a U.S. Agency for International Development worker in Kyrgyzstan who alleged Bolton harassed her — not sexually — while he was in private practice representing a company.

"She's prepared to provide an affidavit. The letter she sent in, and I'm going to just take a second here, it says, `When I was dispatching a letter to AID, my hell began. Mr. Bolton proceeded to chase me through the halls of a Russian hotel, throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under my door, and genuinely behaving like a madman. I eventually retreated to my hotel room and stayed there. Mr. Bolton then routinely visited me to pound on the door and shout threats.'"

The committee's delay was a surprise, coming after the White House expressed fresh support for Bolton and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid all but conceded the nomination would be cleared for a floor vote.

Handicapping Bolton's chances of confirmation in advance, Reid said it was possible Democrats would try to block it if Republicans pushed ahead with their plans.

The committee's decision left the timetable unclear, but a two-week delay seemed to be the minimum that could be expected.

That's why we do this.


Anonymous Katie jacob said...

Hi. Good work on posting the letter for all to see. I e-mailed a copy (I got it on TRUTHOUT) to Hagel. Don't you lo9ve grassroots activism?!!!!!!!

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