Monday, August 7, 2017

Judiciary Committee Investigation

[Senator Chuck] Grassley’s decision to move full speed ahead on Russia, including threatening Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and others with subpoenas, will likely force a more public -- and unpredictable --- autopsy of topics the administration would rather fade away. Grassley, working with the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, is pressing to uncover any attempts to obstruct justice or influence the presidential election.


Colleagues say Grassley remains a loyal Republican who is merely doing what he’s done for decades. He has defended Trump on a range of issues, helped install Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, and has lambasted Democratic leaders. He even criticized the media for “hysteria” about the Russia investigations.

"He’s a good conservative, but he loves the institution, and he’s got that Iowa sense of fairness," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, in an interview. "He doesn’t go pick a fight, but if you get in a fight with him you’ve got a worthy opponent. I think the more you stonewall him, the worse it gets."


"This is what Chuck Grassley does," Grassley said in an interview at the Capitol last week.

Good. But why in the world do these people insist on talking about themselves in the third person?
Grassley’s advocacy has already notched a win, when the White House pledged last month to respond to oversight letters from rank-and-file members in both parties. An earlier legal memo argued that only chairmen were entitled to oversight responses from the administration, prompting a six-page letter of condemnation from Grassley.

"Shutting down oversight requests doesn’t drain the swamp, Mr. President. It floods the swamp," Grassley wrote.


The Senate Intelligence Committee staff already has interviewed Manafort, and the panel also wants to hear from Trump Jr. and others.


[Fellow Judiciary Committee Member Dianne] Feinstein said she and Grassley are completing details for what could be two public hearings in late September at which Trump Jr. and Manafort would testify.
...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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