Bolton Omission Confirmed by State Department
U.Sn Ambassador nominee John Bolton omitted being questioned by the State Department inspector general's office on his application form for the appointment. The investigation concerned intelligence lapses surrinding Iraq, Niger and uranium.
The acknowledgment came after the State Department had earlier insisted nominee John Bolton's "answer was truthful" when he said he had not been questioned or provided information to jury or government investigations in the past five years.
"When Mr. Bolton completed his form during the Senate confirmation process he did not recall being interviewed by the State Department inspector general. Therefore his form as submitted was inaccurate in this regard and he will correct the form," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
It's unlikely it will matter as the White House says it doesn't find the omission significant. Bush will probably give Bolton a recess appointment after Congress recesses the first week in August.
The State Department source says Bolton was not questioned by Fitzgerald or the grand jury investigating the Plame leak.
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