Democrats twice filibustered John Bolton’s nomination to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations, citing the failure to disclose to the Senate documentation relevant to his confirmation.Throughout the debate, key Democrat leaders made strong statements about the right of the Senate toreceive and review such material.
Foreign Relations Committee Democrats:
[I]t is within the Senate’s power alone to decide what it thinks is relevant to its deliberationsin the exercise of the advice and consent power.
The Senate does not work for the President. No one is entitled to appointment to an office requiring advice and consent—unless they havethe Senate’s consent. Likewise, no President is entitled to approval of a nominee.”
Senator Carl Levin:
“This is a momentous decision for this body.
It is shocking and sad to me that the Senate mayvote on this nomination while Senators are being denied critical, relevant information
thatmembers of the Foreign Relations Committee have sought.”
“Now, [this information] may be benign. [It] could be part of an effort by this nominee to politicize and punish. … We do not know that. But we have a right to know that. … But thisadministration has refused to provide that information.
We should insist on this informationbefore we vote on this nomination.
Senator Harry Reid:
“Despite numerous requests, the Administration has failed to turn over important informationabout this nominee. This is astounding to me.
The Administration's stonewalling has not onlyhad the effect of slowing down the confirmation process, it has also put a further cloud over this individual and has - perhaps unnecessarily - raised the impression that the nominee and the White House have something to hide. The end result is further questions about thisnominee, further disruption to the Senate's consideration of this nominee, and further demonstration of the Administration's willingness to keep information from the Congress and the American people.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Exec. Rept. 109-01, “The Nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. Representativeto the United Nations,” May 18, 2005,
Senator Carl Levin statement,
Statements taken from the Congressional Record: May 26, 2005, page S5994,