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  • The American People Deserve the Whole Story": Grassley on Importance of Congressional Oversight

    12/07/2017 1:32:18 PM PST · by smileyface · 11 replies
    US Senate Floor ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
    Prepared Senate Floor Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Bipartisan Congressional Oversight December 6, 2017 VIDEO Mr. President, I have been doing oversight of the executive branch for a very long time. I’ve done it as a Ranking Member. I’ve done it as a Chairman. I’ve done it when my party held the White House. And, I’ve done it when the other party held the White House. Earlier this year, I stood up for the rights of my Democrat colleagues to do oversight of the Trump administration, even while they are in the Minority. I...
  • 'Booze or women or movies' - Sen. Chuck Grassley explains why middle class doesn't invest

    12/04/2017 7:20:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, hashed over the plan with his home state’s Des Moines Register. Turning to the party’s idea to do away with the estate tax, Mr. Grassley framed the current law as a hindrance to responsible saving. ... Mr. Grassley and other congressional Republicans have long maintained that even if farmers are not impacted by the tax directly, the planning involved is an additional strain. “[M]any are forced into spending large sums of their hard-earned dollars on lawyers and accountants to avoid its impact instead of reinvesting in their business,” he told the Register. “This means that while...
  • Grassley criticized for comments on taxpayers who waste money on 'booze,' 'women'

    12/04/2017 5:14:36 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/4/17 | Edmund DeMarche
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in an interview Saturday that he is in favor of getting rid of the federal estate tax—a tax generally aimed at the wealthy— and implied that other tax cuts could favor those who waste their money on “booze or women or movies.” Grassley, a member of the tax-writing Finance Committee in the Senate, told The Des Moines Register that the federal estate tax could force farm families to liquidate in order to pay the so-called death tax. “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that...
  • FBI signals it may investigate Planned Parenthood for baby parts trafficking

    11/20/2017 2:14:48 PM PST · by ptsal · 18 replies
    Live Action ^ | 11-13-2017 | Cassy Fiano
    The FBI has asked the Senate for unredacted documents obtained from abortion facilities related to Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of fetal body parts, signaling a move towards a potential investigation. The Hill reports that the FBI’s request was made recently to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who referred Planned Parenthood and abortion facilities to the FBI for criminal investigation. Live Action President Lila Rose praised the move. ...
  • Grassley Prepares to Bypass Franken to Move Trump Appeals Court Nominee

    11/16/2017 2:45:17 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley is ready to move forward with President Donald Trump’s appellate judicial nominees, even when home-state senators have formal objections. Grassley is going to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to be a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported ahead of a formal announcement by the chairman. “The Democrats seriously regret that they abolished the filibuster, as I warned them they would,” Grassley said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But they can’t expect to use the blue slip courtesy in its place.” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.,...
  • Grassley says he's nixing blue slips for pair of nominees

    11/16/2017 2:44:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is moving to nix the blue slip for two of President Trump’s judicial picks, sparking a showdown with Democrats over nominations. Grassley announced on Thursday that he has scheduled Nov. 29 hearings for David Stras, Trump’s nomination to be an appellate judge on the 8th Circuit, and for Kyle Duncan, nominated to serve the 5th Circuit. “Today I’m announcing that the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for two circuit court nominees, each of whom has one home state senator who has not returned a blue slip containing a positive endorsement,” Grassley said from the Senate...
  • Democrats Just Lost One Of The Only Ways They Could Block Trump's Judicial Nominees

    11/16/2017 2:33:30 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Zoe Tillman
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley will schedule a hearing for a federal appeals court nominee that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken had been trying to block through an informal system known as the blue slip process. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Thursday that Democrats will not be able to block President Donald Trump's judicial nominees through an unofficial senatorial courtesy system known as the "blue slip process," saying he will hold hearings on some nominees even if both home state senators haven't given their approval. Grassley's move will get rid of one of the few obstacles the Trump...
  • Grassley says blue slips won’t veto Trump’s judicial picks

    11/14/2017 11:28:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled this week he won’t adhere to a strict “blue-slip” policy for judicial nominees, clearing the path for Republicans to install some of President Trump’s picks over the objections of home-state Democrats. Mr. Grassley said the blue-slip tradition was intended to make sure the president consults with senators about judicial picks from their states, but wasn’t intended to give those same senators an absolute veto. “A senator can’t use a blue slip to block a nominee because it’s not the person the senator would’ve picked. The president gets to nominate judges,” Mr. Grassley said...
  • Loretta Lynch Implicated In Uranium One Obstruction Of Justice

    10/28/2017 6:01:13 AM PDT · by gaggs · 54 replies
    A Wikileaks email, titled “Grassley letter” points to possible collusion between the Department Of Justice and the Clinton Campaign on Uranium One. A letter from Senator Chuck Grassley to Loretta Lynch questioning the Uranium One deal ended up in the hands of a Clinton Foundation Senior VP and ultimately in the hands of John Podesta and the Clinton campaign.
  • FBI Informant Claiming Uranium One Scoop Cleared from Gag Order

    10/25/2017 8:03:56 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 101 replies ^ | 25 Oct 2017 | Ian Mason
    The Department of Justice cleared the FBI informant – who brought the Uranium One scandal roaring back into national headlines with his claim, through his lawyer, to have information about the Clinton Foundation’s role – to testify before Congress Wednesday night. The informant worked undercover to investigate bribery and intrigue in the Russian nuclear industry during the Obama administration and was, until Wednesday, bound by a gag order from speaking about what he knew. According to sources at the Department of Justice, the informant is now cleared to testify about a wide range of issues including, specifically, the Clinton Foundation....
  • Here We Go: Senate Judiciary Will Investigate Clinton-Russia Uranium Corruption

    10/19/2017 3:16:45 PM PDT · by bitt · 86 replies ^ | Oct. 19, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week The Hill published a story showing Russian nuclear officials made the Clintons richer after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved a deal allowing for the Kremlin to gain significant control over the U.S. nuclear program.
  • Grassley wants 'gag order' lifted for FBI informant allegedly 'threatened' by Obama DOJ

    10/19/2017 2:30:59 PM PDT · by ptsal · 66 replies
    A top Senate Republican is calling for the Justice Department to lift an apparent “gag order” on an FBI informant who reportedly helped the U.S. uncover a corruption and bribery scheme by Russian nuclear officials but allegedly was “threatened” by the Obama administration to stay quiet. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is focusing on the informant amid scrutiny of the 2010 approval of a controversial uranium deal with a Russian company. He’s raising questions about potential “conflicts of interest” for Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, and especially wants to know whether the committee that approved the deal...
  • Sessions Said "working hard to maintain discipline"

    10/18/2017 11:13:35 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 49 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 10/18/2017 | Allan J. Favish
    At about 40 minutes into the video: Grassley: Reports suggest that the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from interested parties in the transaction. Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow, June 2010, from the Russian Government aligned bank, the same month that Russia began the uranium acquisition process. This pattern raises serious concerns about improper political influence, and the process by the previous, the Clintons during the Obama Administration. Has the Justice Department fully investigated whether the Russians compromised the Obama Administration’s decisions to smooth the way for transactions, and if not, why not? Sessions: We are...
  • Judiciary Committee calls on former FBI Informant to testify about Uranium One

    10/18/2017 9:46:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 37 replies
    Circa News ^ | oct 18, 2017 | Sara Carter
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley asked the attorney of a former FBI informant Wednesday to allow her client to testify before his committee regarding the FBI's investigation regarding kickbacks and bribery by the Russian state controlled nuclear company that was approved to purchase twenty percent of United States uranium supply in 2010, Circa has learned.
  • Congress Probes Whether Obama DOJ Used The ‘Trump Dossier’ Before Surveillance Court

    10/19/2017 7:50:22 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 19 Oct 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Both the House and the Senate are investigating whether the former President Barack Obama’s administration used intelligence in a salacious “Trump Dossier” as “evidence” before a secret federal surveillance court to obtain permission to spy on Donald Trump campaign aides and later his transition team. Leaders in Congress are trying to find out if the Obama Justice Department and the FBI introduced the totally unsubstantiated material alleging unsavory connections between Trump and Russia before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, congressional aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The FBI used the dossier to secure permission to monitor the communications of...
  • Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

    10/18/2017 4:10:51 AM PDT · by smileyface · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/17 11:38 PM EDT | John Solomon
    Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case © Getty Images The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, gets his first chance to raise the issue in public on Wednesday when he questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing. Though the hearing was scheduled for other purposes, aides said they expected Grassley to ask...
  • Grassley not planning to change 'blue slip' procedure for judicial nominees

    10/12/2017 1:38:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Ted Barrett
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley doesn't intend to make changes to Senate procedures that could make it easier for President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to be confirmed more quickly, despite calls from powerful voices inside and outside the Capitol to do so. The veteran Iowa Republican is under pressure to ditch the chamber's "blue slip" tradition that permits members of the minority party to have significant input into which judicial nominees are confirmed. "The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee will determine how to apply the blue slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice," said...
  • McConnell Keeps 30-hour Debate Rule to Slow-Walk Senate Confirmations

    10/12/2017 1:34:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    There was much in the news yesterday about Mitch McConnell ditching the blue-slip procedure in the Senate. But it's all smoke and mirrors McConnell is trying to fool conservatives and halt the donor backlash. Regarding blue-slips, McConnell will defer to Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, who will keep the blue-slip procedure (see story link below) so Mitch can say "wasn't me!" However, McConnell will not get rid of the 30-hour cloture debate rule, which is the REAL cause of delay within the Senate. From the Weekly Standard article (link below): The so-called “30 hours rule”—which provides for 30 hours of debate...
  • Grassley says he's in charge of judicial 'blue slip' tool, after McConnell pledges to kill it

    10/11/2017 2:03:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Ryan Lovelace
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office said Wednesday he is reviewing the chamber's "blue slip" tradition, after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to eliminate the tool used to block judicial nominees. "The chairman of the Judiciary Committee will determine how to apply the blue slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice," said Taylor Foy, Grassley spokesman, in an email to the Washington Examiner. "Over the years, chairmen have applied the courtesy differently, but the spirit of consultation has always remained." Under the Senate's blue slip procedure, a state's senators are consulted by the White...
  • Schumer pressures Grassley to buck McConnell, uphold ‘blue slips’ that block judicial nominees

    10/11/2017 12:52:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 11, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer put pressure Wednesday on the GOP chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to retain the “blue slip” process that could give Democrats a path to scuttle some of the president’s judicial nominees. Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, told Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the chairman, to resist calls to de-prioritize the blue slip process — including suggestions from the Senate’s top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell. “The Senate has fewer and fewer mechanisms that create bipartisanship and bring people to an agreement. The blue slips are one of them,” said Mr. Schumer in a press release...