Furious GOP Senator retaliating against Trump White House for refusal to turn over 'embarrassing' Russia documents: report
According to a report at Politico, Sen, Chuck Grassley (R-IUA) is conducting a war with President Donald Trump's White House over their refusal to turn over information related to Russia.
The report states that Grassley "is accusing the Trump administration of stonewalling him over a request for documents related to the Russia investigation," so he is holding up the nomination of a key Trump appointee.
According to Politico, "The Iowa Republican’s demand for Justice Department documents on its probe of possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow has left William Evanina’s nomination to head the National Counterintelligence and Security Center in limbo for the past year, frustrating the nation’s top intelligence leaders and even some fellow Senate Republicans."
The report notes that Grassley is specifically seeking documents related to DOJ official Bruce Ohr, "who became a conduit between former British spy Christopher Steele and the FBI."
In a statement submitted to the Congressional Record, Grassley wrote, "The administration’s continued, ongoing, and blatant lack of cooperation has forced my hand.”
Grassley has placed the blame for the lack of cooperation on Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and was highly critical of how he is being treated.
Coats is “covering for the Justice Department, and there’s something embarrassing in it all they don’t want us to know about,” Grassley said in an interview.
For his part, Coats shot back he is "deeply troubled” by Grassley’s attack.
“That is simply not true,” Coats stated, saying the information should only be provided “through congressional leadership and the intelligence oversight committees.”
According to Politico, "Grassley’s refusal to allow Evanina to be confirmed threatens to inflame tensions between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress at a time when national security leaders are warning that China and Russia are not only stepping up espionage efforts but likely preparing significant operations to influence the 2020 election."
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