Mary Ann Akers of the Washington Post explains why President Bush's recess appointment of Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium may break the law:[...]
But here's the rub that makes Democrats view Bush's recess appointment of Fox as a major-league no-no: Federal law prohibits "voluntary service' in cases where the position in question has a fixed rate of pay, as an ambassadorship does. That's how the Government Accountability Office, an arm of the Democratic-controlled Congress, interprets the law.
Voluntary service? Doesn't that make Fox an intern? I guess there's more than one way to blow Bush to get something out of him.
From Bob Geiger:
The move will allow Fox to serve as Ambassador to the important European ally until Bush leaves office and just became the most hideous recess appointment since the White House inflicted John Bolton on the United Nations with the same maneuver.
And Senator Dodd said it all about the appointment that will have many people wondering if the head Swift Boat Slimeball, John O'Neill, isn't next in line to be rewarded for giving Bush four more years with which to trash our country.
Said Dodd: "This is underhanded and an abuse of Executive authority -- sadly this behavior has become the hallmark of this administration."