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Wolfowitz Said to Push for Deal to Quit (WH blinking and cutting deals)
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Source: nytimes

May 17, 2007
Wolfowitz Said to Push for Deal to Quit

WASHINGTON, May 16 After six weeks of combating efforts to oust him as president of the World Bank, Paul D. Wolfowitz began Wednesday to negotiate the terms under which he would resign, in return for the dropping or softening of the charge that he had engaged in misconduct, bank officials said.

Mr. Wolfowitz was said to be adamant that he be cleared of wrongdoing before he resigned, according to people familiar with his thinking.

At the same time, talks took place between emissaries of Mr. Wolfowitz and bank officials with backing from board members who favored easing him out without provoking a confrontation with the Bush administration. Bank officials said the negotiations were aimed at finding a way for the board to accept the findings of the bank committee, while also declaring that Mr. Wolfowitz had acted in good faith and that mistakes were made by all sides.

The new discussions about Mr. Wolfowitz were prompted by a signal from the White House on Tuesday that if the bank board cleared him of ethics charges, the administration would be willing to talk about his possible resignation down the road. That offer became more of a quid pro quo on Wednesday, with the talks focusing on his exoneration in return for an actual resignation, as opposed to a promise to talk about a resignation in the future.......

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