Chuck Grassley Opts for Finance Chairmanship

Clay Curtis
November 18, 2018

That opens the way for the next-highest-ranking Republican on Judiciary, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, to take over that committee.

Flake holds the deciding vote on a narrowly divided Senate Judiciary Committee, which means he could block forward movement on Republican-nominated judicial picks at the committee level for the rest of the year.

"If I'm chairman next year, we're going to judges, judges, and more judges", Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity this week.

Grassley would become Finance chairman officially in January when Senate Republicans make committee assignments.

Grassley has two more years under Senate GOP rules to be Finance chairman, where he'll also have jurisdiction over trade and health care policy.

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Referring to the Russian Federation probe and Clinton, Graham said: "We need a special counsel to look at all this, but I intend to look at it".

When asked if he would look into the FBI's handling of those investigations, Graham said, "Totally". The job puts him third in the line of succession for the presidency behind the vice president and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Flake said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2015.

As evidenced by his efforts during Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation fight as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, all Flake has to do is band together with Democrats on the panel to keep judicial nominees from going to the floor.

Sen. Graham said Tuesday that if he becomes chairman, he will investigate how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled its probes into Russian interference in the 2016 elections as well as Hillary Clinton's email scandal.

Graham said Thursday in an interview that it's important to start considering names for a permanent attorney general to replace acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. He previously has backed comprehensive overhauls of immigration laws and proposed deals linking Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico to legalization for some in the US without documentation.

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