January 26, 2022

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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SageWarrior (@guest_1004994)
1 year ago

Grasshopper has to go!

Reimann (@guest_1004997)
1 year ago

Who is paying Grassely under the table????.. Watch him closely FOLLOW THE MONEY

Lorettaa Schaffer (@guest_1004998)
1 year ago

How old is Grassley – when in heck will there be term limits for our House & Senate. I’ll say one thing for the Democrats they seem to stick together. It’s too bad the Republicans don’t follow suit.

al brunetti (@guest_1005000)
1 year ago

chuck do your job repubs must stick together

Thomas (@guest_1005015)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

The censor uses a magic spell on me !

William Pennekamp (@guest_1005027)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

Grassley must think that he needs to be conferred with before President does things he has the full authority to do. Get over yourself Mr. Grassley. Get back to doing the job you were sent to Washington to do. The President is doing exactly what we the voters sent him to do.

Mary Jo Vergara (@guest_1005045)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

I totally agree with you. Anything that President Trump does is always an excuse for the left and some on the right to accuse him of something. WE THE PEOPLE, must get our act together, or the USA will sink like the Titanic!

Sharon Jenkins (@guest_1005364)
Reply to  Mary Jo Vergara
1 year ago

It is time for our nation to come together and be united as ONE NATION UNDER GOD. I’m tired of these radical Democrats and RINO’s always attacking Trump and when the TRUE STORY is told, they always have egg on their faces. Some of them look better with the egg on the face.

Don (@guest_1005431)
Reply to  Mary Jo Vergara
1 year ago

Well stated.

Beverly Willis (@guest_1005048)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

That’s the problem,like Grassley. They have their heads up their a__.A lot of them are stupid and totally blind or senile and needs to be voted out of office like Grassley,Collins, Murkowski and Gardner.

Scott (@guest_1005083)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

I am from Iowa and have never liked Grassley. He has always been out for himself and has never done anything for anyone else.

russell remmert (@guest_1005105)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

yes I agree the President needs people he can depend on, request a meeting in private not on national news

Linda Attaway (@guest_1005174)
Reply to  al brunetti
1 year ago

Yes!

Old Pioneer (@guest_1005002)
1 year ago

I guess you don’t want to be re-elected then do you back stabber!!

Ann M Reynolds (@guest_1005004)
1 year ago

I think you are being little and trying to appease the Democrats –After all Trump has reason for doing what he does –and does he have time to explain his decisions individually with each of you — or just you. You should think about all the anti-everything he does from the left and now you have joined in. Even if I questions his changes –I would think hard and fast before I got applause from the Democrats who are destroying this Country.

MARSHA BLYE (@guest_1005054)
Reply to  Ann M Reynolds
1 year ago

I HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ROMNEY BEING A RHINO, I HAVE ALSO WONDERED ABOUT McCONNELL AND GRAHAM, NOW GRASSLEY. TRUMP CAN’T TRUST ANY OF THESE SELF SERVING DEMONRAT WANNA B’S. MAYBE NEXT TERM HE WILL HAVE THE TIME TO CLEAN UP HIS SENATE!! GOOD LUCK MR. PRESIDENT, WE ARE WITH YOU!! TRUMP, WHERE WE GO ONE, WE GO ALL!!2020

CJS (@guest_1005087)
Reply to  Ann M Reynolds
1 year ago

Grassley is my Senator, but I’m very sick of him ALWAYS saying everything needs to be bipartisan!!! Rather than stand up for conservative values and critical issues like supporting Trump, he’s buying into Democrat efforts designed to stop President Trump’s leadership and critical decisions needed to clean Deep State players off (what should be) Trump’s team! When traitors work behind the scene to undermine President Trump’s leadership, they need to go!
Grassley should understand the DS’s game, and that supporting President Trump is the only way to stop the destruction of America!

chief1937 (@guest_1005205)
Reply to  Ann M Reynolds
1 year ago

Grassy should keep in mind his position is not permanent. He as a so called leader knows real leaders air their differences in private not boast their support for the other side. Add his name to the list of RINOS in capitol letters.

Waka Sasha (@guest_1005005)
1 year ago

They already stated the good reason for POTUS to get rid of the guy and that was that he was leaking information. Not good for anyone on any side of the aisle although I suppose dosedimdumdems might benefit from a leaky Republican. Well who cares about this RINO who flipped. Let him join the dem side if that is his bent. He can be voted out in November as easily as the dems can.

Sharon Jenkins (@guest_1005365)
Reply to  Waka Sasha
1 year ago

You flip you loose in 2020. American’s are sick and tired of radical Democrats and RINO’s. A new wave of red is coming and its going to be a different ball game. UNITED WE STAND….. vote red. sj

Thomas (@guest_1005006)
1 year ago

Chuck … don’t get you panties in a wad … do your job and be a Republican ! President Trump needs all the help he can get !

Patricia Hundley (@guest_1005009)
1 year ago

Grassley has lost touch with reality . The president has a job to do , to protect this country , which he is doing . He is trying to get control BACK in the country & there are people standing in his way .
If he removes somebody from service , you can bet he has a very good reason to do it & owes GRASSLEY , NO explaination as to why .
If Grassley doesn’t agree , HE can leave
It is sad to see people who are supposed to support the president , are not . SHAME ON THEM .

Thomas (@guest_1005011)
1 year ago

Sure is nice for the censor to give my comment the axe !

Chuck … don’t get your panties in a wad … do your job … President Trump needs all the help he can get !

Kerry (@guest_1005016)
1 year ago

These people need to be ashamed of their selves Trump does what he does he says he’s going to straighten things out and the Democrats are doing everything they can to stop him and now you’re going to turn on Trump now you’re a useless as the rest of them maybe it’s time you get voted out of office

Merle Frank (@guest_1005017)
1 year ago

If he does not trust them he should Fire them. That is enough of a reason. Republican Senators should support the President in public and privately share their concerns and resolve their differences. This does damage and accomplishes nothing.

nana (@guest_1005111)
Reply to  Merle Frank
1 year ago

Right, don’t we all get rid of friends who we don’t trust, in this case the President has the right to fire any one that he is not trust worthy, as President it is highly expected, a must, to have trust and trusted people around you, and if his own republicans need to be fired then they should, even if he’s a closet demorat.

Leila. (@guest_1005295)
Reply to  Merle Frank
1 year ago

I agree with you.

Peggy Dumesnil (@guest_1005019)
1 year ago

If they can’t back you Mr. President, Fire them

players. Sova (@guest_1005053)
Reply to  Peggy Dumesnil
1 year ago

All firings and hiring should be transparent. Within 72 hours , it should be available thru the public information act. Even if they were fired because the broke protocol. They don’t have to give anything up thats classified. But they can name the game and the players.

Judith McNamara (@guest_1005058)
Reply to  Peggy Dumesnil
1 year ago

EXCELLENT RESONSE!! FIRE THE OLD MAN… GRASSLEY IS 89 YRS OLD. I CAN’T STAND THE WAY HE TALKS… GO HOME AND LET THE GOP DO THEIR JOBS. WHO DO YOU THINK LIKES YOU? NO ONE DOES!!!!

Sharon Jenkins (@guest_1005366)
Reply to  Peggy Dumesnil
1 year ago

Amen. It is the president’s authority to hire and fire those in his cabinet.

DeeDee (@guest_1005021)
1 year ago

Please! Give the DAMS their reasoning, they have none on their own.

Mimi (@guest_1005024)
1 year ago

Republicans need to develop a spine to
stand up for what’s right. Democrats stick together like glue. Republicans are jello. Grassley, support OUR PRESIDENT.

9MM (@guest_1005025)
1 year ago

Grassley is a measly hog farmer in corny land but that no excuse as he is old stupid and has turned RINO for that monthly Soros socialist check

Mimi (@guest_1005026)
1 year ago

Republicans need to develop a spine to
stand up for what’s right. Democrats stick together like glue. Republicans are jello. Grassley, support OUR PRESIDENT.

Marilyn (@guest_1005028)
1 year ago

Republicans need to develop a spine, stand tall, and support our president.

Mimi (@guest_1005029)
1 year ago

Republicans need to develop a spine to
stand up for what’s right. Democrats stick together like glue. Republicans are jello. Grassley, support OUR PRESIDENT.

Mimi C (@guest_1005030)
1 year ago

Republicans, develop a spine.

Cynthia (@guest_1005031)
1 year ago

These arrogant self-serving swamp creatures on both sides of the aisle just can’t help themselves. They are who they are. They are not going to let a little thing like the threat of socialism get in their way. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Term limits is the only way to fix this. But it may be too little too late.

Jim (@guest_1005034)
1 year ago

If someone works against you then they need to be fired and replaced immediately. These people work “t the pleasure of the President”. Is that so hard to understand? If they do not please you, they get fired! I don’t care what the reasons is, hit the door.

Leopold Renner (@guest_1005035)
1 year ago

Apparantly Chuck has been approached by the Democrats and have made a deal with him to switch sides, I wonder what kind of deal he made with them. More snakes in the grass looking to find a way to get ride of Trump One of the greatest presidents to love the United States of America.

Henry D. (@guest_1005037)
1 year ago

President Trump is Human, he can only do so much to keep the country running as best as possible with all of the obstacles thrown at him. When he is attacked, he retaliates, most of us do in some manner or another. His priority seems to be the welfare of the country. The Dems are making his life miserable with their constant battering of any and all decisions he makes. He needs support from those that he trusts in spite of some differences of opinions. Politics is a horrible game in life, it affects everyone. If the two parties can’t work together that is expected especially when one side is totally inflexible never giving credit when credit is due. Fighting within its own party and broadcasting it only gives the other party more ammunition to attack your own party. Please give our President some space and try to settle disagreements privately and without personal attacks. I pray for all of the uniformed personnel giving of themselves to keep us free and the President, Congress, and Senate as well. God has created the human mind, if he wanted us all to think the same way we would all be robots! Let’s all accept the fact that nobody is perfect. Work together with respect for each other and the responsibilities that each one has to the oath they have taken. GOD bless the USA!

Floyd (@guest_1005038)
1 year ago

Floyd says:
The Dems have been trying to cripple this country for 3 years, now we have an another RINO joining them. That is why I have stopped donating to the Rep party, just support ones who support the president and try to make America great again!

Joanna (@guest_1005039)
1 year ago

Give our President some support senators especially Republican . He has enough to deal with . Respect him you should know by now he is for American people. No President ever went through all the stress he has been through and still bringing country through it all.Most Presidents would have walked out or had a heart attack.If you don’t want communism you best backup President and quit being drama queens!

Betty Jane Ruckman (@guest_1005040)
1 year ago

I agree with all the previous citizens. Let Zpresifent Trump continue to pu our country together a raise it and us i
Up. You, sir, are behaving like a traitor when we are up against so many things!

Virginia Boehne (@guest_1005042)
1 year ago

Once Again, The President & Republicans Are Attacked For Misconduct, While The Democrats Conducting Criminal Behavior, ie Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar Are Never Punished, The Left Is Dangerous & Will Do Anything To Prevent Re-Election Of Our President, Republican Congress Needs To Grow Some Nuts & Have His Back ! He Cannot Do Everything Alone ! The Left Has Put Him Thru Hell ! There Is No Equal Justice For Both Parties. It Is Disgusting With What The Democrats Get Away With ! All Conservatives Need To Push Back To Save Our Country !

Richard J Held (@guest_1005043)
1 year ago

If we did go into recession, it would be totally the Democrats fault.And that is what they want to gain control and socialism. With all the money on their side and now with China the way it is, we certainly need to pray more.

Richard Schempf (@guest_1005046)
1 year ago

Mr. Trump, You’re doing a GREAT job, with what you have to do it with. But if anyone doesn’t work to keep our country safe, I would remove them too. I was in the US NAVY for over 20 years and finely we have someone in the President’s spot to do the job right. Keep up the good work

Lafe Sturdevant (@guest_1005049)
1 year ago

CHUCK—SUCKS(rotten rino)

Beverly Willis (@guest_1005050)
1 year ago

Some Republicans are down right senile and stupid. We need to vote them out of office. So.e of them are part of the swamp. They don’t support ,US the america People. Grassley, Collins, Romney, Gardiner and Murkowski to name a few.

Bob (@guest_1005052)
1 year ago

I’m with the President!

MARSHA BLYE (@guest_1005055)
1 year ago

TIME TO THINK LONG AND HARD MR. PRESIDENT ABOUT WHO YOU NEED TO LOSE NEXT TIME AROUND. MAY I SUGGEST ROMNEY, GRASSLEY AND POSSIBLY ( I DON’T REALLY TRUST THESE TWO) McCONNELL AND GRAHAM. THEY ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH FOR YOUR ADMINISTRATION. JUST SAYIN!! TRUMP TRAIN 2020 WHERE WE GO ONE, WE GO ALL! (Q)!!

Larry Hall (@guest_1005056)
1 year ago

Grassly get behind our President or get out! You were in congress for how many and expected for people to get behind what you were trying to do. I know you are getting old, but are you that forgetful? Get behind our President or go somewhere else Rhino!!!!!!

David (@guest_1005057)
1 year ago

The President does not have to give a reason for firing people in his administration. Every president and governors alike have that right when they come into office. The President is finally getting rid of Obama holdovers. The demorats are just pissed off because they lost another spy!!!

Patricia Moon (@guest_1005061)
1 year ago

I stand with the President . Grassley, stick with the Republicans or go home. Trump has made hard decisions that have only proved to help this country. You on the other hand have swayed in the wind. I feel there definitely should be term limits so the swamp could get cleaned sooner. Trump in 2020.

La nny Herrmann (@guest_1005062)
1 year ago

It’s to bad you have to be told and you haven’t figure it out

Jean Warnke (@guest_1005063)
1 year ago

You’re doing a great job Mr. President as you have your plate full to say the least. Keep the faith and don’t cave in – as long as we do the right thing it will all work out in your favor.
You will win in November.
Praying for you.

Nellie (@guest_1005071)
Reply to  Jean Warnke
1 year ago

O agree. To many left over from Clinton’s and Obama’s mess.
Go Trump 2020

Sharin G (@guest_1005065)
1 year ago

Always liked Grassley….would have expected him to discuss his concerns with the President before threatening to switch parties….any R defecting from him given what the Dems have done to him should just resign or swallow his pride and stick it out.
To do otherwise would be shameful.

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