Grassley Steps Down from Judiciary Committee...Paving Way for Lindsey Graham?

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Grassleypreviously served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in 2001 and again from 2003 to 2007.

Graham has previously expressed interest in heading the Senate Judiciary Committee, a post critical to Trump agenda goals, including judicial confirmations.

Graham, of course, became a national villain, or hero, depending on your outlook, for his decidedly non-judicious demeanor during the committee's final hearings on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, serving up a wildly partisan tirade aimed, some thought, at shoring up his conservative and Trumpian street cred back home and in Washington.

"He chaired the committee with a steady hand, sense of fundamental fairness, and resolve", Graham said.

The move was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and in response, Flake says he's going to hold the president's judicial nominees for political ransom. "I've talked to others of my colleagues who are also concerned, and I hope we can prevail on the majority leader to just bring the bill to the floor".

"Finally, I will continue to seek common sense, bipartisan solutions to major issues facing our nation", Graham said in his statement.

Graham also plans to look into the FBI's investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails. "The oversight function will be very much front and center". Graham contended that Trump legally appointed Whitaker to serve as acting AG.

Shelby said that he said during the meeting that they should never want a government shutdown, and that Trump did not threaten even a partial shutdown over potentially not getting $5 billion in wall-related appropriations. "I don't think he has to recuse himself".

Graham continued, "Well, you don't recuse somebody because they have opinions different than the people they're overseeing".

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