Sen. Roberts dismisses Democrats' Bolton compromise proposal

Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsNo. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight Overnight Healthcare: McConnell warns Senate not to block repeal debate | Insurers knock Cruz proposal | WH tries to discredit CBO | Lawmakers propose .1B NIH funding boost Trump: I’ll be ‘very angry’ if Senate doesn’t pass ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter yesterday to senior Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissing as overly broad the Democrats’ request to obtain classified information requested by John Bolton, the embattled nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

As a possible compromise for moving Bolton’s nomination forward, Sens. Joseph Biden (Del.) and Chris Dodd (Conn.), the ranking Democrat and a senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, suggested that the administration reveal whether the conversations of any of a list roughly 36 people were intercepted.

In an accompanying statement, Roberts said: “After careful review, the Senate Intelligence Committee continues to find no evidence of abuse” by Bolton.

But Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.), the vice chairman of the intelligence panel, flatly contradicted Roberts in a statement released late yesterday.

“Despite assertions by the Chairman, the Senate Intelligence Committee has not reached any conclusion regarding Under Secretary Bolton’s actions,” stated Rockefeller.  

Rockefeller recommended Biden and Dodd’s proposal in a letter to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. In his letter, Roberts stated his refusal to do so.