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Sen. Grassley Demands DOJ And FBI Investigate Kavanaugh’s Accusers

The Iowa Senator is demanding an investigation into “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements” made to Committee investigators

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This week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Ray, demanding that they follow through with a 2019 letter about the “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements” made to Committee investigators about then-Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“The Justice Department and FBI have failed to respond to our letter and have failed to apprise the Committee whether, and to what extent, any steps have been taken to investigate and hold accountable those individuals who criminally interfered with the Committee’s investigation,” Grassley began.

“These failures are entirely unacceptable,” he continued. “As my colleagues and I stressed in our previous letter, the Committee’s four criminal referrals, dated September 29, 2018, October 25, 2018, October 26, 2018, and November 2, 2018, were not made lightly. Those referrals highlighted serious cases in which individuals made materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements to Committee investigators.”

He added, “The FBI background checks – two of them – didn’t uncover any such evidence, either.  Both of those investigations followed the normal process for FBI background checks of judicial nominees.   As then-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Joe Biden remarked in 1991, in a background investigation the FBI ‘do[es] not reach conclusions” and “do[es] not make recommendations.’  It is the Senate’s responsibility to weigh the information that it collects from the background investigations and from its own investigative work and make a fully informed decision.  That’s what happened here.”

“In the end, the Senate weighed evidence assembled by the FBI and by veteran congressional investigators and fulfilled its Constitutional responsibility by confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Grassley wrote. “It is, however, the responsibility of the Justice Department and FBI to hold those who mislead and obstruct Congress accountable for their criminal behavior.”

The letter comes after Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) also sent a letter to Garland, asking him to open up a new investigation into Kavanaugh because the previous investigation was “fake.”

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  1. Blue Boomerang

    March 25, 2021 at 9:57 am

    The character assassination of Brett Kavanaugh was orchestrated by the Democrats just like the character assassination of Clarence Thomas was likewise orchestrated 30 years ago. Joe Biden then, Dianne Feinstein now. Both cases dredged up bogus, false claims of sexual impropriety and paraded women who perjured themselves. It’s time to go after both the perjured women as well as the senators who concocted the ‘smear job’. There’s a limit as to how much Americans should have to endure ‘dirty tricks’.

  2. Bruce

    March 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Does anyone trust Garland to do anything legit?

  3. Mary

    March 25, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I’m sure nothing will happen. I would like to see the mis-leaders and have them arrested and prosecuted. I’ll never forget that day of such vicious lies against Kavanaugh and his family.

    • gypsykaye

      March 26, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      Christine Blasey Ford couldn’t remember how she got to the party, how she got home, what year it happened, where the house was, who the other two men were, who was there, her own witnesses said never happened, she is a known alcoholic. Justice Kavanaugh has daily records of what he did throughout the few years CBF said it may have happened. She should be charged with pergery.

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Biden’s Energy Secretary Violated Stock Disclosure Laws 9 Times Last Year

A spokeswoman for Granholm said that the late disclosures were the fault of a “clerical error”

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sold shares of stock 9 times last year between April to October, but did not disclose the sales “within the legally required 45-day window, according to federal disclosure documents”, reports CNBC.

The shares of stock were worth up to $240,000. A spokeswoman for Granholm blamed a “clerical error” saying the secretary paid a late filing fee. Granholm did not file any of the 9 disclosures until December after legal deadlines for all had passed.

The STOCK Act has been in place since 2012, which “expanded the accountability and reporting requirements for financial holdings, both for members of Congress and high-level employees of the Executive Branch like Granholm” reports CNBC.

“The news of Granholm’s apparent violations comes at a time when stock sales by public officials and members of Congress are getting a fresh look” reports CNBC. “During the past week, several members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have introduced or reintroduced legislation that would effectively ban lawmakers and their immediate family members from actively trading stocks while the member is in office.”

According to an analysis by Business Insider’s Dave Levinthal published earlier this month, a total of 54 members of Congress violated the STOCK Act rules just last year alone.

CNBC reports on the suspicious behavior of Granholm:

When President Joe Biden nominated her to be his energy secretary, Granholm signed a detailed Ethics Agreement in which she agreed to give up part-time jobs at the University of California and at CNN, step down from several boards, and sell millions of dollars worth of stock.

On March 22, she reported 23 stock sales, many of them blue-chip companies she had more than $10,000 of shares in.

A few months later in May, Granholm filed more transaction reports detailing how she had exercised stock options in the electric bus and battery company Proterra and then sold all her shares, worth between $1 million and $5 million, on May 24.

But in between the March blue chip sales and the May Proterra sale, Granholm made 6 of the 9 stock sales that didn’t get disclosed until December.

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Trump Says Reports On A Conflict With DeSantis Are ‘Fake News’

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During a Fox News interview on Thursday, former President Donald Trump shot down recent reports claiming that there were rising tensions between the former president and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, saying it was “fake news” and that DeSantis has “done a really terrific job in Florida.”

Trump’s comments came in response to an article from The New York Times claiming that Trump had a “long-stewing resentment” toward DeSantis.

“For months, former President Donald J. Trump has been grumbling quietly to friends and visitors to his Palm Beach mansion about a rival Republican power center in another Florida mansion, some 400 miles to the north,” The New York Times wrote. “Gov. Ron DeSantis, a man Mr. Trump believes he put on the map, has been acting far less like an acolyte and more like a future competitor, Mr. Trump complains. With his stock rising fast in the party, the governor has conspicuously refrained from saying he would stand aside if Mr. Trump runs for the Republican nomination for president in 2024.”

Hannity said that he was recently told that DeSantis does not think there has been “any conflict or bickering” between the two and that the report was “total BS” from the mainstream media.

“Is he right?” Hannity asked.

“Well, he is right,” Trump responded. “I get along great with Ron. Ron was very good on the Mueller hoax. He was right up front along with Jim Jordan, and all of the rest of them, they were fantastic. The Republicans really stuck together. And it was a great thing. And Ron was one of them. And Ron wanted to run and I endorsed him. And that helped him greatly.”

“And he went on and he’s done a really terrific job in Florida, and I think you know, Ron has been very good,” Trump continued. “He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s totally fake news. I think Ron said last week, he said it very publicly, he says the press is never going to get in the middle of my friendship with Donald Trump, we’re not going to do that stuff. And he said it very strongly, I thought it was very interesting, actually. And very nice. But he said that, and I agree with him on that 100%. No, I have a very good relationship with Ron and intend to have it for a long time.”

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