Grass­ley lets nom­i­nee go through

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Andrea No­ble

The Jus­tice Depart­ment is show­ing progress when it comes to re­spond­ing to sen­a­tors’ over­sight re­quests, ac­cord­ing to a top Repub­li­can sen­a­tor who pre­vi­ously ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at hav­ing in­quiries ig­nored.

Sen. Charles Grass­ley, the chair­man of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, said he’d had a pro­duc­tive di­a­logue with Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cials about the trans­parency is­sues and felt com­fort­able enough about the progress to ad­vance a pend­ing DOJ nom­i­na­tion.

The com­mit­tee had pre­vi­ously held off a vote for Stephen Boyd as the nom­i­nee to be the as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral for leg­isla­tive af­fairs, with Mr. Grass­ley threat­en­ing not to ad­vance the nom­i­na­tion un­til he re­ceived re­sponses to 15 pend­ing in­quiries.

On Thurs­day, the com­mit­tee voted unan­i­mously to ad­vance Mr. Boyd’s nom­i­na­tion.

“I’ve had some pro­duc­tive con­ver­sa­tions with the depart­ment lead­er­ship on this is­sue,” the Iowa Repub­li­can said at Thurs­day’s meet­ing.

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