US State Department admits Bolton gave inaccurate responses

US State Department admits Bolton gave inaccurate responses

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] backtracked from prior statements Thursday evening and acknowledged that Bush UN ambassador nominee John Bolton [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] provided Congress with inaccurate information about an investigation. The State Department had earlier insisted Bolton's answer in a confirmation process questionnaire "was truthful" when he said he hadn't been questioned or given information to jury or government investigations in the past five years. Because it appears Bolton was interviewed as part of a State Department-CIA joint investigation into intelligence lapses regarding claims Iraq tried to purchase uranium in Africa, Democratic Senators Joseph Biden [official website] and Barbara Boxer [official website] among other have called on President Bush to withdraw the nomination and to hold back on recess appointing Bolton. Reuters has more.