Mccon­nell takes heat over crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form bill

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WASHINGTON -

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mccon­nell’s re­luc­tance to hold a vote on a pop­u­lar crim­i­nal jus­tice bill has cre­ated an un­usual rift with a long­time GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grass­ley of Iowa. And on Fri­day, it also brought on a tweet from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

“Hope­fully Mitch Mccon­nell will ask for a VOTE on Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Re­form,” Trump tweeted. “It is ex­tremely pop­u­lar and has strong bi­par­ti­san sup­port. It will also help a lot of peo­ple, save tax­payer dol­lars, and keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. Go for it Mitch!”

Min­utes later Grass­ley tweeted that he and the pres­i­dent had spo­ken about “the grow­ing sup­port” for the leg­is­la­tion.

“Pres Trump told me he wants it done THIS CONGRESS,” Grass­ley tweeted.

Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C., in­ter­vened Fri­day, talk­ing di­rectly to Trump about at­tach­ing the crim­i­nal jus­tice leg­is­la­tion to the must-pass yearend spend­ing bill.

Mitch Mccon­nell

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