CBS News, 7/29/05:
President Bush intends to announce next week that he is going around Congress to install embattled nominee John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, senior administration officials said Friday.
CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller reports that CBS News has been told Bush intends to use a recess appointment in the coming days to make John Bolton the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Bush has the power to fill vacancies without Senate approval while Congress is in recess. Under the Constitution, a recess appointment during the lawmakers’ August break would last until the next session of Congress, which begins in January 2007.
Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the president had not made the announcement and Congress wasn’t in recess yet, said Bush would exercise that authority before he leaves Washington on Tuesday for his ranch, the Associated Press reports. The House recessed on Thursday and the Senate’s break was scheduled to begin later Friday.