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  • 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...
  • Chuck Grassley Suggests Trading DACA Amnesty for Border Security, Mandatory E-Verify

    10/06/2017 7:00:27 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 34 replies ^ | 6 Oct 2017 | John Binder
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) suggested during a hearing yesterday that a deal to give amnesty to roughly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded by an Obama-created program could be reached if it includes more border security and mandatory E-Verify. Grassley, considered an ally to President Trump’s populist, economic nationalist, “America First” agenda, said during the Senate hearing that any deal to give amnesty and a pathway to U.S. citzenship to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must include more security at the U.S.-Mexico border. “First and foremost, any...
  • Chuck Grassley Reveals Two FBI Witnesses Exist Who Testified Comey Knew Months Before He Wasn’t...

    09/27/2017 5:58:35 PM PDT · by blueyon · 28 replies ^ | 9/27/17 | gags ????
    """"Chuck Grassley Reveals Two FBI Witnesses Exist Who Testified Comey Knew Months Before He Wasn’t Going To Prosecute Hillary"""" BREAKING: Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Bombshell During Senate Hearing “We Got A Hold Of 2 FBI Witnesses Testimony And Clearly James Comey Decided Months Before Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Was Over To Not Recommend Prosecution” James Comey Made Up His Mind Months Before Hillary Clinton Investigation Was Over To Not Recommend Prosecution – FBI Refusing To Cooperate With Congress. A new hearing on 9/26/2017 revealed a lot about the FBI. Senator Chuck Grassley announced in a speech on September 26th that...
  • Chuck Grassley: 2 FBI Witnesses Say Comey Knew Months Before He Wasn't Going To Prosecute Hillary

    09/27/2017 5:35:57 AM PDT · by gaggs · 18 replies
    Video: A new hearing on 9/26/2017 revealed a lot about the FBI. Senator Chuck Grassley announced in a speech on September 26th that the FBI has been refusing to give any information on James Comey and the Hillary Clinton Email Investigation. He also revealed they put gag orders on all FBI members investigating the case which has never been done. But the biggest bombshell he dropped was that, after seeing witness testimony, James Comey decided to draft his recommendation exonerating Hillary Clinton months before the investigation was even over.
  • Comey’s Worst Fear Is Coming True, and There’s Nothing He Can Do to Stop It

    09/22/2017 1:54:56 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 57 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | September 21, 201 | V Saxena
    Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley announced Wednesday plans to subpoena two senior FBI officials to question them about former FBI Director James Comey, opening the door for even more incriminating information to be uncovered about him. “We’ve got subpoenas at the Senate counsel office,” Grassley told CNN Wednesday, referencing the office responsible for drafting subpoenas. “When we get done there, I’m gonna have to consult with Sen. Feinstein.” The top ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Diane Feinstein, has been working with Grassley to investigate President Donald Trump’s purported connections to Russia, as well as his termination...
  • Replacement for Gorsuch cruises through Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

    09/20/2017 3:53:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 20, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    President Trump’s pick to fill the appeals court seat left vacant when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court cruised through her confirmation hearing Wednesday, with Democrats chiefly complaining about the timing rather than her judicial record. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid faced some questions about her judicial record, but Democrats said their major objection was the speed Republicans were showing in trying to fill court vacancies — including Wednesday’s hearing, which was held even though the Senate wasn’t in session that day. “It’s extraordinary for a nominations hearing to be held when the Senate is not otherwise...
  • Transcripts: Comey Drafted Conclusion in Clinton Probe Prior to Interviewing Key Witnesses

    09/02/2017 11:57:33 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 22 replies
    Charles E. Grassley website ^ | 08/31/2017 | Charles E. Grassley
    Grassley, Graham seek documents linked to Hatch Act investigation of former FBI head WASHINGTON – Transcripts reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting an exoneration statement in the Clinton email investigation before the FBI had interviewed key witnesses. Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, requested all records relating to the drafting of the statement as the committee continues to review the circumstances surrounding Comey’s removal from the Bureau. “Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be...
  • James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides

    08/31/2017 3:27:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-31-17 | Melissa Quinn
    Former FBI Director, James Comey, started drafting a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the bureau's investigation into her use of a private email server before the FBI interviewed her or her key witnesses, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday.
  • Comey Was Prepared To Exonerate Clinton LONG BEFORE FBI Investigation Was Over

    08/31/2017 12:00:30 PM PDT · by nodwam · 98 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 08/31/2017 | Richard Saunders
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has discovered FBI transcripts that reveal former FBI-Director Comey was ready and prepared to completely exonerate Hillary Clinton way before the investigation had concluded, before key interviews with most of the witnesses had occurred, before they had interviewed Hillary Clinton, and before the Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting took place which was the excuse for Comey's public exoneration of Hillary Clinton. Grassley and Graham say they have transcripts of two FBI officials saying Comey was prepared to exonerate Clinton BEFORE FBI interviewed her — Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 31, 2017 In a letter to the new FBI Director Christopher...
  • CONFIRMED: Comey Decided He Wasn't Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Invest...

    08/31/2017 11:32:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 96 replies ^ | August 31, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Full title: CONFIRMED: Comey Decided He Wasn't Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Investigation Was Over According to new transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Thursday afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey made the decision not to refer then Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for prosecution long before ever interviewing key witnesses. Members of the Committee allege Comey made the decision months before FBI agents were finished with the criminal investigation of her mishandling classified information during her time as Secretary of State. The transcripts were revealed in a letter sent to current FBI Director Christopher Wray,...
  • Sen. Grassley says partisan lawsuits against President Trump should also implicate Hillary Clinton

    08/16/2017 9:33:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Circa ^ | 8/16/2017 | Sara A. Carter
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley is demanding plaintiffs of three separate lawsuits filed against President Trump, who claim the president violated an obscure Constitutional provision known as the Emoluments Clause, should also consider investigating violations allegedly committed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, since the basis of their lawsuits also implicate the former presidential candidate. The clause prohibits any person holding office from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress and the chairman says the overwhelming evidence against Clinton should be made part of the ongoing lawsuits, which he says are both "partisan...
  • Senate finally curious about Dems' IT suspects.

    08/09/2017 3:00:11 PM PDT · by gattaca · 19 replies
    One News Now ^ | 08/09/2017 | Michelle Malkin
    The good news is that Sen. Charles Grassley on Tuesday asked DHS for all immigration summaries and detainers for Imran Awan, wife Hina Alvi, brothers Jamal and Abid Awan, and friends/associates Natalia Sova and Rao Abbas. Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets -- especially if the public's tax dollars subsidized their salaries. In March, I contacted the D.C. offices of House Congressional Democrats Joaquin Castro of Texas, Sander Levin of Michigan,...
  • Grassley Seeks Immigration Files For Pakistani Suspects In House IT Probe

    08/08/2017 6:42:32 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Aug 8, 2017 | Mark Tapscott
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has requested copies of immigration files for the six Pakistani suspects in the House IT scandal, who allegedly stole equipment from Congress and accessed computers without permission.
  • Senate Judiciary backs off plans to force Glenn Simpson to publicly testify

    07/25/2017 12:07:12 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/25/2017 | JOSH GERSTEIN , JOSH DAWSEY and KYLE CHENEY
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is pulling back from plans to subpoena Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that helped commission the salacious, disputed dossier on President Donald Trump’s alleged connections to Russia, according to a source familiar with the matter. Instead, Simpson is expected to be allowed to testify privately. A spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The initial plan for Simpson to testify in the open had raised the specter of public testimony about the dossier's seamy and contested claims of sexual misconduct and a years-long Kremlin...
  • Who Paid for the ‘Trump Dossier’?

    07/28/2017 8:28:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 27 July 2017 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Democrats don’t want you to find out—and that ought to be a scandal of its own. ___ Yet Democrats now have meekly and noiselessly retreated, agreeing to let both men speak to the committee in private. Why would they so suddenly be willing to let go of this moment of political opportunity? Fusion GPS. That’s the oppo-research outfit behind the infamous and discredited “Trump dossier,” ginned up by a former British spook. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson also was supposed to testify at the Grassley hearing, where he might have been asked in public to reveal who hired him to put...
  • Sen. Grassley Letter to Rod Rosenstein

    07/27/2017 10:20:24 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Senator Grassley ^ | July 20, 2017 | Senator Grassley
    According to news reports, during the 2016 presidential election, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump” and did so by “disseminating documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter…” Ukrainian officials also reportedly “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.” At the center of this plan was Alexandra Chalupa, described by reports as a Ukrainian-American operative “who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee” and reportedly met with Ukrainian officials during the presidential election for the express purpose of exposing alleged ties between then-candidate Donald...