Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just made a stunning move against President Trump that may backfire.
Grassley has long been a champion of the Inspector General law and was very critical when Barack Obama flouted it.
So many wondered if he would do the same with Trump after getting unsatisfactory answers about two recent firings.
He said today he will block the confirmation of two of President Trump’s nominees until the White House provides “adequate explanations” for the firings.
Trump recently fired the inspectors general for the intelligence community and State Department and did not provide Grassley with what he considers to be proper reasons.
Why it matters: It’s a rare attempt by a Republican to hold Trump accountable for his recent purge of federal watchdogs. Grassley has long considered himself a defender of inspectors general.
In the past two months, Trump has moved to oust Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson, State Department IG Steve Linick, acting Pentagon IG Glenn Fine, and acting Health and Human Services IG Christi Grimm.
Linick was removed at the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump told reporters that he has offered to fire any Obama-appointed inspector general.
Details: Grassley said he is refusing to consider the White House nomination of Christopher C. Miller as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Miller was nominated on May 4.
Grassley will also block the nomination of Marshall Billingslea as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, which the White House announced for consideration on May 1.