September 20, 2020

Top Senate Republican blocks confirmation of Trump nominations indefinitely

Donald Trump is — almost literally — under attack from all sides, and some Republicans have opted to pile on instead of standing with Trump.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) chose now to flip to the left because of an ongoing dispute over Trump’s firing of former State Department inspector general Steve Linick in mid-May. 

After Trump abruptly removed Linick from his post, Democrats exploded in anger, accusing Trump of “another apparent act of retaliation and cover-up,” as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) put it. Of course, Democrats conveniently ignored the fact that Linick himself had been under investigation because he had developed a “pattern of unauthorized disclosures, or leaks.”

Grassley, who is the president pro tempore of the Senate, announced that he will block the confirmation of Trump’s nominations of the National Counterterrorism Center director and undersecretary of state for arms control and international security until the White House releases more information about the decision to remove Linick.

“Congress has made it clear that should the president find reason to fire an inspector general, there ought to be a good reason for it,” Grassley said, adding that Americans should not be “left speculating whether political or self-interests are to blame. That’s not good for the presidency or government accountability.”

Democrats were also furious about Trump’s April decision to fire former intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, worked with House Democrats to launch the Democrat’s failed impeachment push. Grassley appears to have sided with Democrats on their calls for investigation into Atkinson’s firing as well.

Grassley ramped up his attacks on Trump on Friday, tweeting that “I’m placing holds on 2 Trump Admin noms until I get reasons 4firing 2 agency watchdogs as required by law Not 1st time I’ve raised alarm when admins flout IG protection law Obama did same& got same earfull from me All I want is a reason 4 firing these ppl CHECKS&BALANCES.”

Donald Trump, who is dealing with the widespread civil unrest sweeping the nation, has yet to respond to Grassley’s demands.

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81 Responses

  1. The one main thing I have noticed with Trump, is that he never does anything without a good reason, but the Dems do everything to Trump just for the purpose of trying to get rid of him. The more the Dems and even some Republics keep doing to try and destroy him with lies and hate, the more judgements are upon them with God.

  2. The federal government is filled with elected representatives & appointed representatives. The elected representative the American people chose to run the federal is Donald Trump. When the appointed representatives start fighting amongst themselves it is the president’s responsibility to replace the people causing the dissent.

  3. All you Republican prima donnas who think you know more than our president, whom the American people chose to help our country recover from Obama’s disastrous 8 yrs and who has done a fantastic job of it, should run for president in the 2020 election. Then you could do things your way if elected. In the meantime your job is to support President Trump. He has enough on his hands with the Trump and America hating left without your opposition. Can’t help but wonder what you Rhinos bank accounts look like since money seems to take precedence over principal and loyalty any more, and the Democrats have plenty of money to pay for your support.

  4. The President, I believe, has the SOLE discretionary power to fire this lowely piece of excrement, along with the Secretary of Defence Esper (?)’because he went over Trump’s head de arming the Military and making them wear soft caps instead of their helmets AFTER he President gave the Army his instruction, I just read today. FIRE THE BUMS, P E R I O D!
    I think it’s time That Trump cleaned his own house too? Apparently, his own son in law Jarrod Cushner goes against him also! Fire that Bum also, IF true.

  5. I think all obama left overs should have been fired at the very beginning! They are nothing but spies and being democrats can not tell the truth! They have lied so much they don’t know what the truth is so they make stuff up and always puts their spin on it!! Pelosi has almost drove our country in the ground!! It looks like we needs to do some house cleaning in Nov. ourselves! These Rhinos have got to go!! We all need to vote RED across the board,but vote these Rhinos out like Romney and some others! If they can’t support our President then they need to go! A big IF Biden gets in our country will be gone, he said his staff would be obamas staff and with a black female,we will be shipped down the river without a paddle!

  6. He is a braindead thug trying to hold onto power and mad at anyone who opposes him. Good luck orange fool.

  7. They were RINO leakers !!! Trump was right to get rid of both of them . Grassley better not push it , in time , he’ll be up for re-election too .

  8. It will be interesting to see if Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) can ever again be elected as a Republican. I doubt it. He was probably forced to show sympathy for the imbecile who got fired…..leftists probably threatened him. Hopefully Grassley will never again be elected by the Republican voters. Being weak will probably cause him to run as a democrat next time…..he would fit right in.

  9. Love You My President, stand strong, God Blesses You and Protects You. May all the evil and harm wished upon you revert back to the wicked wishers.

  10. Another Republican proves he can’t think for himself and stand up for his beliefs. Grassley needs to join the Democratic Party if he doesn’t have the BALLS to be a Republican and stand with his President and constituents. Maybe he needs to be voted out of office for new blood that can handle being a Republican!

  11. Time to vote Grassley out of office. He no longer has the fortitude it takes for the tasks ahead, he too has shown he is willing to cave under any pressure from libs, he too needs to be coddled.

  12. Please, please, unsubscribe me from your email list. I am not interested in them and I am 75 yrs old. I have been trying with no success.

  13. One has to wonder where the Rep. loyalty lies these certainly not with ..WE THE PEOPLE….. Remember you can and will be replaced!!!!!!!!! Wake the hell up!!!!

  14. Now it looks like Grassley can be considered to be a Commie-Socialist Pig and needs to be kicked out in Novemember–or impeached in the state he was elected in. GRASSley be getting something big for this action–I can name a few–but not here

  15. UNFORTUNATELY, THE GOP IS FULL OF DINOSAURS LIKE GRASSLEY, THAT ARE BEING SCHOOLED BY DEMS. IN THE ART OF DIRTY POLITICS IN OUR COUNTRY AT THIS TIME! THAT IS WHY WE LOSS THE HOUSE AN IF WE DO NOT LEARN, WE COULD LOSE THE SENATE TOO! OF COURSE GRASSLEY DOESNT CARE. HE IS NOT UP FOR RE-ELECTION AND HIS. PENSION IS ASSURED. IDIOT!

  16. Definitely we have some Rinos that needs to be put together and voted out so that Pres. Trump can have support and truth in policy and good Conservatives in office. These turn coats need to have the Republican name striped from their titles and every time anyone refers to these turncoats the reference will be RINO, RINO.

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