Chairman Grassley is wasting an opportunity to act like an adult in the room by instead choosing to act like a cranky old white guy — As a result, Grassley is abusing his moment in the spotlight to bring up past peeves and to poke certain Obama Administration Democrats in the eye
Calling witnesses like Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS News, and Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of the Tea Party-aligned “True the Vote,” show intent to focus on Holder’s term as A.G. and not Lynch’s time as U.S. Attorney under Holder
Embarrassing Obama and Holder though laudable in other contexts is not the main purpose of these hearings
According to a report in “The Hill” by Julian Hatten, “A former CBS investigative reporter who has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Obama administration for hacking will be among the witnesses at a hearing on President Obama's attorney general nominee.... [Sharyl Attkisson] will testify during this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, a testimony announced by panel Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Monday evening. *** Also testifying will be Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of the Tea Party-aligned True the Vote, which was unfairly targeted by the IRS, she has said, when it attempted to seek tax-exempt status. *** The two will testify separately from Lynch, on a second panel alongside legal experts and former and current law enforcement officials. ( See “Stonewalled author Attkisson to testify on Obama’s AG nominee” by Julian Hatten, 1/26/15, The Hill/ Policy [http://thehill.com/policy/technology/230795-ex-cbs-reporter-irs-targeted-group-leader-to-testify-on-new-ag]).
Instead of again looking back at things like “Fast and Furious,” Grassley’s committee needs to look at Lynch with a magnifying glass. Among reported matters [some of them mentioned previously on this blog], during her time as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch has been tied to questionable sweet deals for “cooperating witnesses,” as well as engaging in unfair and possibly unlawful asset forfeitures. Senate investigators and questioners must get into whether Lynch’s closet contains any other skeletons before making any rash and uninformed decisions on Lynch’s nomination to be the next Attorney General of the United States.