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The Republican Senator and the Inspectors General

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  • The Republican Senator and the Inspectors General

    Senator Grassley is setting himself against the administration on the subject of the firing of various inspectors general:
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said Thursday he will block two of President Donald Trump's nominees from moving forward in the confirmation process until the administration provides "adequate reasons" for firing the inspectors general
    of the intelligence community and State Department.

    The move marks an escalation by Grassley after White House counsel Pat Cipollone chose not to explain why Trump had removed the two inspectors general last month, instead emphasizing the President's legal authority to do so.

    Last month's letter from Cipollone, which Grassley swiftly blasted as having "failed to address" the congressional requirement that there "ought to be a good reason" for such dismissals, came in response to the Iowa senator's request that Trump explain why they had been ousted.

    Now, the Iowa Republican says he will refuse to allow two of Trump's nominees to advance unless the White House provides details about why ICIG Michael Atkinson and State Department IG Steve Linick were removed earlier this year.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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