This news item says that the US State Department has endorsed the Senate probe of the Oil for Food scandel.
I’m uncertain what this means since I didn’t think that the Senate needed approval to investigate something. It would appear that it’s an indication of approval instead of a formal go-ahead, sort of like an athlete who endorses a product that they don’t really use. (“I’m not a Senator, but I pretend to be one in my office at Foggy Bottom!”) If this is so, then I suppose it’s a message that no one from State will try and obstruct the investigation.
Maybe the authors of The Diplomad can clear this up for me.