John R. Bolton
John Robert Bolton is an American
United States
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 lawyer and diplomat who has served in several Republican
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 presidential administrations. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 2005 until December 2006 on a recess appointment
Recess appointment
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. He resigned in December 2006 when his recess appointment would have ended because he was unable to gain confirmation from the Senate.

Bolton is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
American Enterprise Institute
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 (AEI), frequent op-ed contributer to the Wall Street Journal and the National Review, Fox News Channel
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 commentator, and of counsel
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 to the law firm Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis
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, in their Washington D.C.