This just in from AP News… loaded with the customary excuses from the Bush administration…
John Bolton, the nominee for U.N. ambassador, inaccurately told Congress he had not been interviewed or testified in any investigation over the past five years, the State Department said Thursday, responding to a Democratic critic.
Bolton was interviewed by the State Department inspector general as part of a joint investigation with the Central Intelligence Agency related to Iraqi attempts to buy nuclear materials from Niger, State Department spokesman Noel Clay said.
When Bolton filled out a Senate questionnaire in connection with his nomination, “he didn’t recall being interviewed by the State Department’s inspector general. Therefore, his form, as submitted, was inaccurate,” Clay said. “He will correct it.”
The admission from the State Dept. came in the wake of Joe Biden writing to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice regarding claims that Bolton had been interviewed and if so, then he had not been truthful on his questionnaire.
Update showing FLIP-FLOP of Bush administration in response to whether Bolton had answered the questionaire correctly:
The admission came hours after another State Department official said Bolton had correctly answered a Senate questionnaire when he wrote that he has not testified to a grand jury or been interviewed by investigators in any inquiry over the past five years.
The reversal followed persistent Democratic attempts to question Bolton’s veracity just days before Bush may use his authority to make him United Nations ambassador after Congress adjourns for its summer recess.
“It seems unusual that Mr. Bolton would not remember his involvement in such a serious matter,” said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “In my mind, this raises more questions that need to be answered. I hope President Bush will not make the mistake of recess appointing Mr. Bolton.”
The Bush administration is not however, FLIP-FLOPPING on a recess appointment for Bolton:
The new information does not change the Bush administration’s commitment to Bolton’s nomination, said a senior State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the subject.