Senator Chuck Grassley: Next FBI Director Must Not Have Any Trump Ties

grassley Senator Chuck Grassley made it clear that the future director of the FBI must be someone who doesn’t have close ties to President Donald Trump. “I’m not in the business of suggesting,” Grassley said during a Thursday interview with the Associated Press and Roll Call. The Iowa Republican added that the FBI director should be “somebody that’s independent and somebody who’ll do the job, and somebody that will have the respect of the people that are the FBI agents. That’s very important.” The President faced ongoing scrutiny on Friday over his Tuesday firing of now former FBI director James Comey. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman also revealed that he “did not expect the [FBI] nominee to have ties to the Trump presidential campaign or the presidential transition,” according to Roll Call‘s report. “I think the president and the people close to the president don’t want to emphasize that Continue reading "Senator Chuck Grassley: Next FBI Director Must Not Have Any Trump Ties"

Senate Reportedly Won’t Even Vote on House Health Care Bill, Will Write Their Own

senate The celebration was on Thursday afternoon after the passage of the House’s health care bill. House Republicans headed to the White House for a Rose Garden ceremony with President Donald Trump, and the mood was positively giddy. But if a new report is accurate, they were all celebrating a passage of a bill that will never even reach the Senate floor. According to the Washington Examiner, a 12-member Senate group is currently working to draft their own health care legislation. Their version will apparently be so different that they won’t take up the House version as a starting point. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) did say that he and his colleague will try to include some of the House bill in their own version. “The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how Continue reading "Senate Reportedly Won’t Even Vote on House Health Care Bill, Will Write Their Own"

Sen. Chuck Grassley Requests Documents from Firm That Commissioned Trump/Russia Dossier

Senator Chuck Grassley (Max Goldberg under Creative Commons license) On Monday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, released a letter he had sent on Friday to Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm. If the name Fusion GPS sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the firm that contracted former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile the dossier on President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. “When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics,” wrote Grassley. The letter requests the following from Fusion GPS:

‘It’s Been Reaffirmed’: Gorsuch on Whether Roe v. Wade Was Decided Correctly By Supreme Court

At today’s Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the federal judge was asked to give his opinions on well-known Supreme Court decisions and whether he felt they were decided correctly by the court. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley didn’t wast time this morning getting to the one court case everyone wants to hear about — the 1973 decision that essentially legalized abortion nationwide. “I think the case that most people are thinking about right now and the case that every nominee gets asked about — Roe v. Wade,” Grassley stated. “Can you tell me whether Roe was decided correctly?” “Roe v. Wade decided in 1973 is a precedent of the United States Supreme Court,” Gorsuch responded. “It’s been reaffirmed.” The Trump nominee would go on to note that the decision has been reaffirmed in other decisions since and Continue reading "‘It’s Been Reaffirmed’: Gorsuch on Whether Roe v. Wade Was Decided Correctly By Supreme Court"

Sen. Grassley on Why He Reaches Out to Trump on Twitter: ‘Sometimes It’s Easier’

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Senator Chuck Grassley during an interview today about how he’s recently taken to directly reaching out to President Trump on Twitter. “You’re one of the most powerful men in the country,” Tapper said, “you’re the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Can you not get through to President Trump?” Grassley said he can get through to Trump any time he wants, but “sometimes it’s easier to do it by Twitter than it is any other way.” The Iowa senator sent out the following tweets to the president yesterday:

‘The Briefing Was All On Sensitive Matters’: Sen. Feinstein Tight-Lipped After Comey Meeting

Following a meeting with FBI Director James Comey, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) briefly spoke to reporters, but gave very little details about what was discussed. The two top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee met with Comey after Grassley threatened to hold up the vote on Deputy Attorney General nominee Rod Rosenstein unless the FBI gave his panel a briefing on their investigations into Russian meddling in the election, any potential ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor. Speaking to the press after the afternoon meeting, Feinstein stated that she wouldn’t go into the topics that were discussed but did praise Grassley’s “tough language” in getting the briefing Continue reading "‘The Briefing Was All On Sensitive Matters’: Sen. Feinstein Tight-Lipped After Comey Meeting"

‘It Was Not a Gotcha Question’: Al Franken and Chuck Grassley Blow Up During Confirmation Hearing

Following Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) grilling Deputy Attorney General nominee Rod Rosenstein while hammering Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the letter he submitted to amend his testimony, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley rebuked Franken over what he labeled as “gotcha” questions.

With Franken having just chastised Rosenstein for not reading the declassified report on Russia’s activities, Grassley lit into the Democratic lawmaker. Bringing up one of Franken’s questions of Sessions at the Attorney General confirmation hearing, Grassley claimed Franken had tried to set Sessions up because he knew Sessions didn’t know the answer.

“You probably should have given him a chance to get the information you had and reflect on it, and give an answer in writing,” Grassley noted. “If I was going to ask you a gotcha question, I was going to tell you about it ahead of time and I consider Continue reading "‘It Was Not a Gotcha Question’: Al Franken and Chuck Grassley Blow Up During Confirmation Hearing"