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WASHINGTON (AP) — The union representing U.S. diplomats is threatening to sue the State Department unless it releases documents attesting to the qualifications of ambassadorial nominees. The move comes amid debate over the credentials of several recent nominees.

The American Foreign Service Association said Wednesday it would ask a court to compel the production of the documents if the department doesn't do so voluntarily by Thursday. It said earlier attempts to get the documents were ignored.

The threat comes as the White House faces harsh criticism about a handful of ambassador nominees who have scant knowledge or expertise about the nations where they would serve. Several of those nominees were high-dollar campaign fundraisers and donors for President Barack Obama, raising concerns they were rewarded for their lucrative political support.

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