Grassley lets nominee go through
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.