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  • ‘Obama White House is Running This’ Between FBI Prompts Grassley to Seek Unredacted Messages

    05/23/2018 11:02:26 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 23, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Shortened title. Full title: ‘Obama White House is Running This’ Exchange Between FBI Lovebirds Prompts Grassley to Seek Unredacted Strzok-Page Text Messages On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to the DOJ seeking the removal of remaining redactions on Strzok-Page text messages. Grassley gave the Justice Department until June 6th to hand over the requested documents to the Committee.
  • Grassley requests DOJ documents on Bruce Ohr dealings with Christopher Steele on anti-Trump dossier

    05/21/2018 4:15:47 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 15 replies
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department Monday to turn over communications between former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, British spy Christopher Steele and others about the infamous anti-Trump dossier. In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, requested Ohr's emails, phone logs, written notes and text messages. Grassley also asked the Justice Department to arrange for Ohr to be interviewed by Committee staff. Grassley wrote that he wants to know whether Ohr continued to pass information from Steele to others at the FBI after the bureau terminated the former...
  • Reid Silent On Baffling Decision To Block Bipartisan IG-Empowering Bill

    03/18/2016 6:17:12 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2016 | Kathryn Watson
    Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid  refuses to say why for months he has blocked a bipartisan bill designed to ensure inspectors general access all of the official documents they need to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. Three months ago, the Nevada senator blocked an attempt to pass Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s IG Empowerment Act with unanimous consent, which would make it crystal clear that the 1978 Inspector General Act gives presidentially appointed IGs authority to access all agency records for investigations and audits. Reid still refuses to change his position or explain his objections....
  • Senator Chuck Grassley Asks Rod Rosenstein if He Gave Mueller Independent FISA Authority…

    05/19/2018 8:18:17 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 53 replies
    The primary question within the letter is: under what authority, and within what statute, is the AAG authorized to assign a counterintelligence investigation to a special counsel: “More specifically, section 600.1 states the Attorney General “will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.” The omitted regulations do not authorize counterintelligence investigations.” One of the questions within the letter is additionally interesting. SEE: 7. “Have you delegated FISA approval authority to the Special Counsel? If so, on what date, and was the delegation done in writing? If it was...
  • Grassley Wants To See Memo That Lays Out Scope Of Mueller Probe

    05/18/2018 7:56:29 PM PDT · by bitt · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/18/2018 | chuck ross
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking the Justice Department for a document that lays out the full scope of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. In a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 18, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, noted Mueller’s team recently provided a federal judge in Virginia with an unredacted copy of the memo, which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote on Aug. 2, 2017. The special counsel’s office provided the memo to Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman indicted for bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine....
  • Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI – Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From ..

    05/11/2018 7:02:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 74 replies
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has just dropped a sunlight grenade into the prosecution of Michael Flynn with a jaw-dropping request letter (full pdf below) to FBI Director Christopher Wray. [Judiciary Link Here] Within the letter Chairman Grassley outlines a prior briefing from fired FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and contrasts the false presentations of Comey -regarding Michael Flynn- against recently known evidence. Additionally, Grassley is requesting: ♦the transcription of the phone call(s) intercepted by the FBI between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Kislyak; ♦the FD 302’s written by the FBI in their interview with Michael Flynn;...
  • Trump’s longest-waiting circuit court pick to get confirmation vote this week

    05/07/2018 12:44:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate is preparing to confirm six of President Trump’s federal appeals court judges this week, including a pick that doesn’t have support from one of his home-state senators and has been Mr. Trump’s longest-pending federal appeals court nominee. Michael B. Brennan, who was tapped for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, was nominated more than 246 days ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has placed him on the chamber’s agenda for a confirmation vote this week after the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared Mr. Brennan by a party-line vote. Mr. Brennan is one of six...
  • 'I'm scared to death' of Ivins, Duley testifies (Anthrax)

    08/05/2008 12:38:26 PM PDT · by Shermy · 52 replies · 340+ views
    Frederick News Post ^ | August 5, 2008 | Gina Galluci-White
    Jean Duley testified that she was "scared to death" of Bruce Ivins after he left her a string of harassing phone messages, according to an audio recording taken during a July 24 peace order hearing. Duley, 45, told Judge Milnor Roberts that Ivins planned to "go out in a blaze of glory," had bought a bulletproof vest and a gun and planned to kill his co-workers. The audio recording was obtained by The Frederick News-Post on Monday. Duley told the court she got to know Ivins while running group and individual counseling sessions at the Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro sits down with Senator Chuck Grassley

    04/22/2018 4:32:37 AM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/21/2018
    Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley interviewed by Jeanine Pirro. Six minute video.
  • Grassley blames Feinstein for delaying bill to protect Mueller

    04/12/2018 12:27:04 PM PDT · by detective · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Thursday Democrats are delaying a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller in the event that President Trump moved to fire him. Mr. Grassley said he had wanted to put the bill, introduced this week, on the agenda Thursday, which would set it up for a vote next week. But top committee Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein objected, which Mr. Grassley said will delay getting it done.
  • GOP Sen Grassley: ‘It Would Be Suicide’ to Fire Mueller – ‘POTUS Ought to Have Confidence in him’

    04/10/2018 10:13:14 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 188 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/10/2018 | Ian Hatchett
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stated it “would be suicide” to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump should have “confidence” in Mueller. Grassley said, “I have confidence in Mueller. The president ought to have confidence in Mueller. And I think…it would be suicide for the president to want, to talk about firing Mueller. The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be.” Grassley also praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ work and argued the...
  • Grassley Examines Lax Oversight of ‘Visa Mills’ Offering Visas to Foreign Students

    03/27/2018 3:32:22 PM PDT · by bitt · 9 replies ^ | 3/26/2018 |
    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is seeking information on a federal program that allows private institutions to manage visas for foreign students seeking enrollment in a U.S.-based school with limited oversight. The program is susceptible to abuse by entities that pose as education institutions in order to secure visas for tuition-paying foreign students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program allows “designated school officials” to help foreign students obtain certain three-year “practical training” work visas. However, some institutions offer little, if any, educational opportunities to tuition-paying foreign students seeking work opportunities. These “visa mills” profit from the foreign...
  • Top Senators Press DOJ On Whether Russian Government Paid Christopher Steele

    03/20/2018 12:39:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/20/2018 | Sean Davis
    In a lengthy letter to the inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ), two key senators demanded answers on whether anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele was ever paid by the Russian government or other Russian sources. The letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Michael E. Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, for answers to 31 sets of detailed questions related to DOJ’s handling of various Russia-related probes in 2016 and 2017. “What connections are there between Mr. Steele and the Russian government or Russian intelligence community?” the senators asked. “Has Mr. Steele ever been...
  • Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees

    02/19/2018 4:16:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2018
    The battle between Senate Democrats and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over the “blue-slip rule” escalated this week, after another one of President Trump’s judicial nominees advanced without the approval of both of their home-state senators The blue-slip rule — which Democrats describe as a long-running Senate tradition Grassley has taken to ignore — has become a flashpoint for members on the Judiciary Committee. The committee has been tasked with considering the slew of nominees from the Trump administration, many of which have been controversial. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s top Democrat, said that Grassley’s decision to...
  • Senators raise serious questions that should trouble all Americans

    02/16/2018 6:29:07 AM PST · by rwa265 · 21 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | February 16, 2018 | Marc A. Theissen, Washington Post Columnist
    After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent his memo laying out potential abuses of the FISA process by the FBI to the White House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded that he be removed as chairman. Nunes was “deliberately dishonest” in pushing to release a “bogus memo,” Pelosi declared, and had “disgraced the House Intelligence Committee” with his “partisan effort to distort intelligence.” But Democrats can’t so easily dismiss the far more detailed declassified criminal referral written by two respected Republican senators — Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C. — which confirms the claims raised in...
  • Grassley immigration bill has TWICE as much foreign aid as border security

    02/14/2018 9:56:30 AM PST · by newgeezer · 9 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 14, 2018 | Chris Pandolfo
    Congressional Republicans threw fiscal sanity out the window last week, so it comes as no surprise that the immigration bill introduced in the Senate Wednesday comes with an eye-popping price tag of nearly $100 billion. But what may surprise conservatives who believe in President Trump’s America First campaign message is that this bill spends twice as much on foreign aid as it does on border security. The Trump-endorsed plan proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, includes $25 billion for a “Border Security Enforcement Fund,” $18 billion of which is appropriated for “tactical infrastructure.” But in a section titled “Foreign Migration...
  • CONFESSIONS OF A CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER: Forget The Nunes Memo & Focus On Grassley-Graham

    02/12/2018 7:27:31 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | 2-11-18
    The following are the insights and opinions of a former senior congressional staffer who is now enjoying what he calls the “…happy uncertainty of a self-imposed semi-retirement.” He spent nearly eleven years working on Capitol Hill, arriving there shortly before Barack Obama became president, and then leaving shortly after Donald Trump succeeded him. His extended family’s ties to prior administrations go back decades – at the highest levels. Now approaching middle-age, (ancient by D.C. staffer standards) and despite all that time in the belly of the “D.C. beast” he still manages to look younger than his years. He’s quick to...
  • Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo — Media Yawns

    02/10/2018 4:49:48 AM PST · by Rumierules · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/10/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    We need a full-blown investigation of how the FISA court came to grant warrants to spy on Carter Page. In a word, the Grassley-Graham memo is shocking. Yet, the press barely notices. Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century. *** We need full disclosure — the warrants, the applications, the court proceedings. No more games. Read...
  • The (mostly) unredacted Grassley/Graham referral is more damning of the DOJ than the Nunes memo

    02/07/2018 4:55:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/7/2018
    Ed wrote about the redacted version on Monday but last night a new version appeared, with all previously blacked-out parts removed with the FBI’s approval except for those few bearing on national security. If I were Trump I’d be mad as hell that the Nunes hype machine led me to put my political chips on his work product instead of this more detailed, and convincing, version of events from Senate Judiciary Committee members Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham. The memo and the referral are complementary in most regards but it’s inevitable that voters wooed by the #ReleaseTheMemo buzz will...
  • Grassley tells Attorney General Sessions his memo doesn't comply with law

    02/07/2018 4:18:42 PM PST · by bkopto · 62 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/6/2018 | kathryn watson
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says a recent memo written by the attorney general to Justice Department heads that instructs them not to communicate with Congress without pre-approval from the Justice Department Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) is almost certainly illegal. The Iowa Republican told Jeff Sessions in a letter Tuesday that his recent memo "does not appear to comply with existing law," and he asked Sessions to revise the memo accordingly. Sessions, who apparently told the heads of DOJ divisions that they should not communicate with "senators, representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination and consultation...