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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:37 PM
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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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