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82. LA Times has picked it up, Biden emailed letter to dozens of DC reporters
Edited on Sun Apr-17-05 12:57 PM by Nothing Without Hope
On Saturday, Biden's office emailed Ms. Townsel's letter to "dozens of Washington reporters." This LA times article is an update on the Bolton nomination status, with the Townsel letter most prominently featured and also mentioning an interview of a "former national intelligence officer for Latin America" who said he was pressured by Bolton to "tailor" his judgment on a Cuban weapons program.

A spokesman for Chafee said that the senator planned to review all these allegations before deciding how he wold vote. He and Hagel are the two Repub members of the committee (10 Repubs and 8 Dems) who have voiced concerns about Bolton.

The Houston Chronicle printed part of the Los Angeles Times report today (April 17, 2005, 12:25AM) under the title "U.N. nominee unfit, Texas businesswoman says"
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Here are excerpts from the LA Times article. (Subscription required for viewing at link.)
April 17, 2005

U.N. Nominee Faces New Bullying Allegations

A businesswoman describes belligerent behavior by Bolton. An intelligence analyst's accusations of pressure are further detailed.
By Sonni Efron and Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON A Texas businesswoman has written to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that John R. Bolton is unfit to serve as U.N. ambassador because he threatened, berated and harassed her in a dispute over an overseas contract.


Also disclosed Saturday was the summary of a committee staff interview with a former national intelligence officer for Latin America. He said that in 2003, Bolton and another State Department official attempted to pressure him to tailor his judgment on Cuba's biological weapons program, and that they attacked his integrity and attempted to have him transferred when he would not do so.


"This stuff just didn't happen, as far as we know," the official (a State department official who "declined to be named) said. He did say that Bolton, a private attorney at the time, had been in Moscow, where Townsel said the incident occurred, and that Bolton was representing the interest of his clients in the deal.


In a telephone interview Friday, before her letter became public, Townsel said she was a liberal Democrat who had actively opposed Bush during his reelection campaign. She said she had hesitated to make her account public because she feared she would be discredited because of her politics. But she stepped forward, she said, because she believed the way Bolton treated her was consistent with other reports about his temperament and suitability for the job.


So the story is definitely out there now, the Administration is trying to discredit Ms. Townsel's testimony - after all, she opposes Bush, so she must be lying! - and the Dems are serious enough about it that Biden emailed dozens of Wash DC reporters. The new allegations about Bolton's pressuring tactics to "tailor judgment" on a Cuban weapons system, then reprisals when it was not should also have an effect.

All these stories are consistent: Bolton is abusive and so blindly partisan that he will attack anyone who gives him information that does not agree with his preconceived - and incorrect - views. He's the perfect Bush ideologue - except that he is stark, raving NUTS!
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  -From a Kos diary: 'Horrifying, personal John Bolton story" Nothing Without Hope  Apr-16-05 02:09 PM   #0 
  - Scum Sucking SonOfABitch !!! - Come On Folks, Time To Nominate This !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 02:16 PM   #1 
  - Keep nominating folks.  unhappycamper   Apr-16-05 02:19 PM   #2 
  - The inmates are running the asylum - this is unbelievable.  smirkymonkey   Apr-16-05 02:22 PM   #3 
  - With something this remarkable,  Dr_eldritch   Apr-16-05 02:26 PM   #4 
  - The Kos diarist is the best friend of the letter writer  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 02:32 PM   #6 
  - Thank you  acmejack   Apr-16-05 02:44 PM   #9 
  - Funny thing, though...  punpirate   Apr-16-05 03:09 PM   #18 
  - Yes, this account needs to be CORROBORATED  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:19 PM   #21 
  - I worked under a small group of men like this  Daphne08   Apr-16-05 08:20 PM   #39 
     - Try working in real-estate.  Dr_eldritch   Apr-17-05 12:09 AM   #69 
  - It's weird, I know I'm proceeding from the assumption that Republicans are  Gonnabuymeagun   Apr-16-05 02:30 PM   #5 
  - I Think He's The Evil Twin Of Captain Kangaroo !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 02:37 PM   #7 
     - I see what you mean - but there is real madness in his eyes  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 02:43 PM   #8 
     - Oh... He Has Loathing In His Eyes... And Not Just For Himself !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 03:10 PM   #19 
     - You owe Captain Kangaroo an apology  Steve_DeShazer   Apr-16-05 02:51 PM   #13 
        - Therefore, The 'Evil Twin' Part... Ya See... Capt'n Good, Bolton Evil !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 03:01 PM   #15 
           - Yeah, but the resemblance isn't there, IMO  Steve_DeShazer   Apr-16-05 03:09 PM   #17 
              - OK... So They Were Fraternal Twins... LOL !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 03:15 PM   #20 
  - All this is on top of the fact that Bolton is known to despise the UN  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 02:50 PM   #10 
  - This man is disgusting  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 02:50 PM   #11 
  - Yeah, THIS is the guy I want to represent us at the U.N.  ClintonTyree   Apr-16-05 02:51 PM   #12 
  - I believe the nomination of Bolton shows that Bush wants to destroy the UN  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:00 PM   #14 
     - Says a lot about Bush appointing "scum from the bottom of the barrel"  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 08:18 PM   #38 
        - I wonder why he does that  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:20 PM   #40 
           - If his agenda were to get someone who would "do the right thing" he would  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 09:48 PM   #54 
           - I think that what we despise in Bolton's character, the neocons admire  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 01:05 AM   #71 
  - Here's a TinyURL for this thread in case you want to send out a link to it  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:06 PM   #16 
  - just sounds like a typical repuke wack job  leftofthedial   Apr-16-05 03:21 PM   #22 
  - I'm kind of assuming that these tactics are typical of the cabal --  DeepModem Mom   Apr-16-05 03:50 PM   #23 
  - Maybe they have something on McCain  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:21 PM   #41 
     - Or threat --  DeepModem Mom   Apr-16-05 10:42 PM   #61 
  - There are currently 345 responses to the Kos post on this letter  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:55 PM   #24 
  - do a google search  itsjustme   Apr-16-05 04:51 PM   #28 
  - here is info  itsjustme   Apr-16-05 05:20 PM   #30 
  - My Opinion Only  itsjustme   Apr-16-05 05:25 PM   #31 
  - Kick and Nominated. This guy may be worse than Kerik.  Vektor   Apr-16-05 04:17 PM   #25 
  - Kerik was just  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:23 PM   #42 
     - .  Vektor   Apr-17-05 01:51 PM   #85 
  - What's the big deal?? Sounds like business as usual, to me...  driver8   Apr-16-05 04:25 PM   #26 
  - "he went straight for the low road & stayed there"--perfect qualifications  lostnfound   Apr-16-05 04:53 PM   #29 
  - My thoughts exactly  Laurab   Apr-16-05 07:42 PM   #37 
  - Barbara Boxer is on the record, calling this sinkscum a  sfexpat2000   Apr-16-05 04:29 PM   #27 
  - Who has a connection to BB?  paineinthearse   Apr-16-05 05:32 PM   #32 
     - We all have a connection to BB:  sfexpat2000   Apr-16-05 05:46 PM   #33 
  - Hope, I trust you sent this to the Kahuna.  RevCheesehead   Apr-16-05 05:46 PM   #34 
  - A C-span caller with a British accent asked a great question...  spooky3   Apr-16-05 06:46 PM   #35 
  - Wow! I so love dry Brittish humor!  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 08:25 PM   #43 
  - So true  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:25 PM   #44 
  - Vet this one CAREFULLY before you go with it, guys...  Junkdrawer   Apr-16-05 06:57 PM   #36 
  - Yes, corroboration is needed: WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER RATHERGATE  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 08:39 PM   #45 
  - New York Times article  dissident0   Apr-16-05 08:43 PM   #46 
  - Reading this excerpt - it looks like they're TRYING TO BURY HER STORY!  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 09:12 PM   #48 
     - Ah, she must be a registered DEM then.  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 09:43 PM   #53 
  - Bolton is a Monster in a Rubber Suit!  dxstone   Apr-16-05 08:51 PM   #47 
  - Do we know who was the PRIMARY HUB comtractor?  napi21   Apr-16-05 09:14 PM   #49 
  - Yes, we need to know. The statement in the NYT article was very  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 09:21 PM   #50 
  - Possible Republican SWAY VOTES  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 09:25 PM   #51 
  - CALLING WILL PITT!! WE NEED AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST STAT!!!  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 09:28 PM   #52 
  - Truth Out on Bolton from 4/13 - Let's ask Ray McGovern to dig up facts...  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 10:08 PM   #56 
  - For me, the issue is reaching Will Pitt and/or Ray McGovern and  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 10:20 PM   #58 
     - Will is a good guy, if he is in the country is my concern...  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 10:29 PM   #60 
        - I know he's a good guy, but he's a very busy good guy with an email  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 10:54 PM   #63 
  - Please do. I did some searching on the net, but failed.  napi21   Apr-16-05 10:12 PM   #57 
     - Still working on it!  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 10:25 PM   #59 
        - GOT IT!!  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 11:00 PM   #64 
           - Great! I'll email too. Here are the links to the NYT article & MP3 file  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 11:27 PM   #66 
           - OK, I've finally PMed Will - hope he will be able to respond.  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 03:50 AM   #77 
  - Air America Radio last night  Terre   Apr-16-05 10:08 PM   #55 
  - This is EXCELLENT!!! From THIS UPDATE at Daily Kos, it went well  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 10:48 PM   #62 
  - Majority Report Transcript  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 11:38 PM   #67 
     - Tigress, I tried it and couldn't find written transcripts, but the MP3  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 12:15 AM   #70 
        - No written transcripts.  Tigress DEM   Apr-17-05 02:30 AM   #73 
           - Yes, I feel the same way. Her being up front about which allegations were  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:42 AM   #75 
  - MP3 FILES of Melody Townsel AAR INTERVIEW  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 11:20 PM   #65 
  - Clearer sight from far away: great take on Bolton from a Pakistani paper  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 11:57 PM   #68 
  - Funny How FAUX News wants to appear UN Biased....but can't  Tigress DEM   Apr-17-05 02:26 AM   #72 
     - CARTOON illustrating the Washington Post's editorial's stated view that  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:51 AM   #76 
  - More information from the Kos Letter post reply thread  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:36 AM   #74 
  - thanks, it's great to know that the Dems are investigating this.  spooky3   Apr-17-05 06:56 AM   #78 
  - Biden just mentioned this letter and writer on the FOX News Sunday show,  Algorem   Apr-17-05 08:20 AM   #79 
  - you are so right sir! n/t  AZDemDist6   Apr-17-05 10:27 AM   #81 
  - kickkickkickkickkick  ianrs   Apr-17-05 10:26 AM   #80 
  - LA Times has picked it up, Biden emailed letter to dozens of DC reporters  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 12:37 PM   #82 
  - from NY Times-  Algorem   Apr-17-05 01:22 PM   #83 
  - This was from last Friday - and note the one-sided reporting  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 01:34 PM   #84 
     - guess noone she worked with or for is reachable  Algorem   Apr-17-05 01:57 PM   #86 
        - That's not clear and it may well be untrue - I hope  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:08 PM   #87 
  - CALL (202) 224-3953, the Foreign Relations Committee minority line...  Fridays Child   Apr-17-05 07:37 PM   #88 
  - Yes, I do believe that if the Dems had been serious about bringing in  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 11:34 PM   #94 
  - BTW - What Does It Take To Get A Thread Like This On The Home Page ???  WillyT   Apr-17-05 07:58 PM   #89 
  - We should ask that in ATA  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 11:14 PM   #92 
  - International paper says vote will be held on Tuesday regardless of all  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 08:23 PM   #90 
  - Hagel says he's troubled but will vote YES "at this point." Grandstanding?  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 10:39 PM   #91 
  - Bolton needs anger management!  lemonlime   Apr-17-05 11:29 PM   #93 
  - Welcome to DU, lemonlime! (And you're surely right about the anger mgmnt)  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 11:37 PM   #95 
  - Consistent with his abusive bullying, BOLTON HATES INTERNATIONALISM  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-18-05 12:35 AM   #96 
  - He does not listen to facts but tries to force agreement with his ideology  paineinthearse   Apr-18-05 08:53 AM   #97 
  - April 19 UPDATE and continuation of this thread posted in a NEW THREAD  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-19-05 05:54 AM   #98 

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