Grassley to hold hearings on ‘Russian interference’ no mention of sins of Obama clan for review

Interesting isn’t it. The GOP can’t get themselves together to repeal Obamacare, but they sure can pull themselves together to beat on Trump. We have the usual suspects. But let’s pile on. Senators prepare bill to block firing of special counsel – Chicago Tribune

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is working on legislation that would block the firing of special counsels without judicial review. DemocratsSheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said Thursday they are among the senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee who are working with Graham on the effort.

Oh, but that’s not enough. Grassley will pull out the Bazooka and hold hearings to try to nail Trump et al. No time for hearings on the zillions of illegal activity by the Obama clan, but plenty of time for Trump. Just wait until 2018. In one big last hooray, let us primary these sad representations of the GOP back to their home towns for keeps:

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is amping up the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, weighing whether to issue subpoenas for Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Bloomberg News first reported Monday.

Grassley’s committee is conducting its probe in addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations, which some– including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn — have said they feel is inappropriate.

While the move has received some pushback, Grassley stands by his decision to push forward with the investigation alongside Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, arguing it’s their duty to look into whether there was any sort of obstruction of justice.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham praised Grassley’s efforts, saying he is loyal to the party but concerned with the greater good of the country.

More at Daily Caller

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Young Bucks vs the Old Bulls as the Senate Committee Chairs line up

I am not a particular fan of Politico, but for those of us who are savoring last week’s GOP win, and are political wonks, this read may be just for you. In this special report, an excellent review of potential Chairs of various Senate Committees is given with the history of the candidates. The ups and downs, the potential battles on various issues are covered as well. It looks like we are going to be in for some interesting hearings. I suggest scanning down the linked article until one gets to the Committees. Here we go:

The Republican Party’s war within just opened a new front: Senate committees.

As the party takes control of the Senate, establishment Republicans like Thad Cochran, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley and John McCain are about to pick up the chairman’s gavel, setting up a classic conflict between governing and campaigning with the party’s White House-aspiring young guns like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

Here, then, is POLITICO’s guide to how it will play out as the Senate’s committees change hands.

Young guns vs. gavels

A guide to the Republican Senate’s new war zones.

The survey looks at the 16 legislative committees, identifying the likely chairmen and interviewing many of them and their top aides. The story that emerges is one of ideological divide and tactical debate, with an inherent tension in the committees — between the gavel holders and the 2016 stars — making hearing rooms worth watching as Republicans try to prove they aren’t just a party of no.

Read more: Politico

Lois Lerner’s potential partner in crime blocked by Grassley before being targeted

So how many drips does it take to make more than a smidgen? I think we are getting very close. True the Vote, an organization that was targeted is running the IRS issue through the courts, and it looks like the agency didn’t get a very friendly Judge. First this update before the new smidgen:

Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails

IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency.

They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress.

Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.

Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew Smith’s nomination.

Grassley made sure that no Obama political nominee got confirmed for the post, and kept in a “career,” or non-political, DOJ tax head for another two years.

The source confirmed to The Daily Caller that the White House and IRS officials “were very upset at Senator Grassley and Republicans for blocking a vote on Mary Smith’s nomination.”

The IRS relies on the DOJ Tax Division to prosecute both criminal and civil cases, and has entire legal teams devoted to making DOJ referrals. Placing a political appointee as assistant attorney general for the DOJ Tax Division was a top priority for the Obama White House..

Read more at the Daily Caller

IRS head: ‘I don’t want your stinkin Obamacare’ – Congress gets waiver

Now the head of the IRS says “I don’t want your stinkin Obamacare.”

And now an update:

Anyone who read my rant yesterday will be “stunned” to hear that Obama is going to save Congress and their staff from going on to Obamacare. This is how it worked. Senator Grassley passed an amendment that became part of the law that Congress had to participate in Obamacare.  A change of heart occurred- pure outrage and instead of passing a change in the legislation, they simply asked Obama to grant them a waiver. See yesterday’s post for a descriptive analysis!

Obama to Dems and GOP – ‘I will work on getting you off Obamacare’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have been pressing OPM and the White House to find a solution to this issue through administrative action. Reid and Boehner — under heavy pressure almost daily from their own members and senators — have been leaning hard on administration officials, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, for answers.

Translation. They didn’t have the you know what to take a vote and be on the record for exempting themselves. Beg Obama to save themselves. Much better.

Obama rescues Congress. Grants waiver to Obamacare

Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to  soar next year. Translation: In other words, Congress does not have to go onto the Obamacare exchanges

A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will  be issued next week.

The problem was rooted in the original text of the Affordable Care Act. Sen.  Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) inserted a provision which said members of Congress and  their aides must be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered through an  exchange.”

Read more: Politico

IRS Commissioner: I Would Rather Keep My Health Plan Than Have Obamacare (August 1, 2013)

Immigration bill monstrosity – without the light of day

Another 1500 page monstrosity that the Senate will attempt to ram through without seeing the light of day. After all, we have to pass it to see what is in it. So much for the gang af eight, straight from those who are bringing us the coming gulag. Graham and McCain. Of course, out there in full force.

UPDATE: Hot Air has a some good information about what we may be in for. Highlight:

Katrina Trinko has most of the particulars at the Corner. Quote: “One contentious issue among the senators is whether immigrants who are clearly part of gangs but who have no criminal record will be allowed to obtain legal status.”

Amnesty fever: Catch it.

Here we go:

All the members of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform in the U.S. Senate will band together to block any efforts by other senators to offer amendments to their legislation once it is introduced, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

This apparent effort by Gang of Eight members to force a deal through with no amendments and without a transparent process complete with public hearings examining the different facets of a forthcoming bill has worried conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee’s ranking GOP member, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and his colleagues Sens. Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee recently wrote to all the Republicans in the Gang of Eight asking them to fight for a transparent process and hearings to examine each part of the coming bill, which still has not been written.

Sens. Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain have not backed the efforts for transparency in this process. Rubio says he does back the efforts for a transparent process, and wrote back to those conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee to say that he views the Gang of Eight’s forthcoming legislative text as nothing more than a “starting point” from which other senators will be allowed to offer their input via amendments and hearings and other processes. But Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has only said he will “consider” having just one hearing on the massive legislative package, and would not commit to a transparent process.

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