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"

Sen. Chuck Grassley Sends Out a Bunch of Tweets for ‘Whoever Monitors Twitter at WH’

grassley Senator Chuck Grassley is somewhat known for his use of Twitter––“assume deer dead” will live in online infamy––and today he sent out a bunch of tweets directed at whoever in the White House is checking Twitter. Yes, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to reach the White House through Twitter, for some reason:

Jeff Sessions Vows to Recuse Himself From DoJ Investigations of Hillary Clinton

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions promised during his Tuesday confirmation hearing that if he ultimately becomes Attorney General, he would recuse himself from any Hillary Clinton email or Clinton Foundation investigations. “During the course of the presidential campaign, you made a number of statements about the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton relating to her handling of sensitive e-mails and regarding certain actions of the Clinton Foundation,” began fellow Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, reading carefully from a prewritten question. “But now you’ve been nominated to serve as attorney general. In light of those comments that you made, some have questioned whether you can approach the Clinton matter impartially in both fact and appearance. How do you plan to address those concerns?” “Some of the comments I made, I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question,” Sessions responded. “I’ve given Continue reading "Jeff Sessions Vows to Recuse Himself From DoJ Investigations of Hillary Clinton"