Democrats Ask Government Accountability Office to Investigate Bush’s Appointment of Sam Fox

Brian Zick

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Anne Flaherty for AP reports: Democrats called for an investigation Thursday into whether President Bush acted illegally in appointing Sam Fox ambassador to Belgium.A day earlier, Bush named Republican fundraiser Fox to the post as a recess appointment — a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress, where Democrats had derailed his nomination."We view the recess appointment of Mr. Fox as a clear abuse of the President's recess appointment power," three Democratic senators wrote in a letter to the Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing agency.The senators — Democrats Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Robert Casey of Pennsylvania — also asked if Fox's appointment could be terminated if a Senate vote rejected him.

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