Sunday, May 14, 2017

Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley Warns: We’re Not Confirming a Trump Loyalist as FBI Director

If Donald Trump really did expect personal loyalty from fired FBI director James Comey, he’d better not expect it of his replacement. The man who will have the most influence on the confirmation of Trump’s nominee, Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley, tells Roll Call that the Senate wants a candidate with some distance from the Trump administration.Call this a soft warning.:
Even before President Donald Trump’s Friday morning tweetstorm, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley was saying the next FBI director needs to be independent from the president. …
And he did not expect the nominee to have ties to the Trump presidential campaign or the presidential transition. That would seem to rule out Trump backers like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“I think the president and the people close to the president don’t want to emphasize that any more. They’re going to get somebody entirely away from that as far as I can tell,” Grassley said.
He’s basically using an attaboy to tell the White House that they’re on the right path for a confirmation … and that they’d better not stray from it, either. As Niels Lesniewski writes, that leaves out a number of Trump surrogates and endorsers who currently populate speculative lists for the spot. It’s not just Christie and Giuliani, but also Sheriff David Clarke and maybe even Kelly Ayotte.
Read the rest of the story HERE.

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