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Bolton the Walrus: Liar

Oops. He probably just forgot to mention that he was interviewed by the State Department inspector general a couple of years ago about the bogus intelligence that Saddam was seeking nuclear materials in Africa. Oh, no, in Washington, it’s just called an “omission.”

Bolton was interviewed by the State Department inspector general in 2003 as part of a joint investigation with the CIA into prewar Iraqi attempts to buy nuclear materials from Niger, State Department spokesman Noel Clay said Thursday.

…His statement came hours after another State Department official said Bolton had correctly answered a Senate questionnaire when he wrote that he had not testified to a grand jury or been interviewed by investigators in any inquiry over the past five years. Clay said Bolton “didn’t recall being interviewed by the State Department’s inspector general” when he filled out the form. “Therefore, his form, as submitted, was inaccurate,” Clay said. “He will correct it.” Bolton, former undersecretary for arms control and international security, had no role in a separate criminal investigation into the leak of an undercover CIA officer’s identity, Clay said.

The reversal followed persistent Democratic attempts, led by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., to question Bolton’s veracity just days before Bush could make Bolton’s a recess appointment, meaning he could occupy the U.N. post until the end of next year when the current Congress ends.

“It seems unusual that Mr. Bolton would not remember his involvement in such a serious matter,” said Biden, 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.”

Don’t worry, Joe, he will.

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