Recently, Adam Schiff attacked the GOP and accused them of being in Trump’s cult, “Here the problem is, what happens when the president is the one who is not telling the truth? How do you hold that president accountable, and the answer in the past has been that Congress, on a bipartisan basis, would rise to defend the American people and their own institution.”
“But here one of the parties has become a cult to the president’s personality, and in the wake of these bloodlettings, bloodletting of inspector generals, the response from the GOP in Congress has been nothing but silence.”
“And silence in the face of this kind of incompetent response is really deadly, and the country needs to demand more of their representatives.”
Chuck Grassley didn’t wait long to respond to Schiff and blasted him. Grassley has been on record many times going after President Trump and asking for answers.
Bloomberg reported that Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley is working with senators on a bipartisan letter demanding that Trump explain his firing of the intelligence community inspector general whose handling of a whistle-blower complaint about Ukraine led to the president’s impeachment…
…Grassley has made multiple statements in recent days on the importance of inspectors general, and the senator has sponsored multiple laws protecting whistle-blowers over the years.
Earlier Tuesday, he sent a tweet to Trump on inspectors general, after the president’s actions in recent days that removed two inspectors general and criticized a third.
“I encourage Pres Trump 2view IGs as helpers 2hold bureaucracy accountable+draining swamp,” Grassley wrote on Twitter. “We all work to solve problems Esp in unprecedented pandemic, IG reports shld be viewed as a TO DO list & not criticism. Admin is quickly fixing problems that existed going back to Obama/Bush.”
Grassley also released a statement after Trump removed Glenn Fine, the Pentagon’s acting inspector general who was also overseeing the Pandemic Relief Accountability Committee.
“The White House should empower inspectors general so they’re able to do their job, as President Trump did with Inspector General Horowitz and his report on FISA abuse involving the president’s 2016 campaign,” Grassley said.
“The military’s budget is so vast and its management so averse to change, the next inspector general can’t be afraid to hold leadership accountable and fight to protect taxpayers and service members,” Grassley said.
The senator thanked Fine and said that President Trump must make a priority of filling inspector general vacancies, while urging senators not to slow the confirmation on non-controversial picks.
On Saturday, Grassley also demanded more details on Atkinson’s firing.
“They help drain the swamp, so any removal demands an explanation,” Grassley said. “Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence. More details are needed from the administration.”