Mon Nov 23, 2015, 02:04 PM

Grassley turns up heat on Clinton, State

Grassley (R-Iowa) took two new steps last week. On Wednesday, he issued a letter to former Clinton aide Heather Samuelson, who screened Clinton's emails as secretary of state to initiallydetermine which ones would be turned over to the government and made available publicly, and which ones were deemed private and would later be deleted. Among other things, the missive, obtained by POLITICO, asked what level of security clearance Samuelson had at State; several hundred of Clinton's emails, which she routed through a private server, have since been deemed classified.

Then, on Thursday night, Grassley blocked the nomination of a top-level Obama State Department nominee, Thomas Shannon Jr., to be undersecretary of state for political affairs. Grassley is seeking documents from State in his long-running investigation of a job arrangement for top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Her designation as a "special government employee" allowed Abedin to work as an adviser to Clinton at State at the same time she consulted for a private company with close ties to the Clinton family.

"Why are nonpartisan public service positions being used as political pawns, especially if they are being blocked just because Sen. Grassley doesn't want Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States?" Senate Minority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor on Nov. 9. "How much money will Republicans in Congress waste to try and bring down Hillary Clinton?”

Grassley has pushed back, arguing that his “belief in and exercise of the oversight role by Congress is long-standing and nonpartisan.” “I went after the Reagan Defense Department for wasteful spending … held up Department of Justice nominees during the Bush administration to get my oversight letters answered, just as I am doing now with the Department of State. And I voted in support of giving the Judiciary Committee the authority to issue subpoenas regarding its inquiry into the firing of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration,” Grassley said on the Senate floor. “This investigation involves many things, but it does not involve politics.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/grassley-emails-hillary-clinton-state-216103#ixzz3sLKKYKcq

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