In a display of utter desperation, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) indirectly encouraged someone at the FBI to illegally leak the details of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Grassley, Iowa’s senior senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an anonymous and unauthorized release of FBI investigative materials could result if officials at the agency believed prosecution of Clinton was stymied for political reasons. “Is there going to be political interference? If there’s enough evidence to prosecute, will there be political interference?” Grassley wondered aloud during a breakfast meeting with the Des Moines A.M. Rotary club on Friday. “And if there’s political interference, then I assume that somebody in the FBI is going to leak these reports and it’s either going to have an effect politically or it’s going to lead to prosecution if there’s enough evidence.”
When asked by Radio Iowa reporter O. Kay Henderson after the breakfast if he was suggesting the FBI should leak investigative findings, Grassley expounded on his comment.
“I wouldn’t be encouraging it because if it’s a violation of law, I can’t be encouraging a violation of law,” he said. “This is kind of my own opinion, this is something I’ve heard.”
Of course, Sen. Grassley was encouraging a Republican at the FBI to the leak the details of the investigation in an attempt to sink Hillary Clinton. Grassley wouldn’t overtly tell the FBI to leak because that would be against the law. What he did do was openly and publicly ponder the hypothetical of a potential FBI leak.
Notice that in his original comment; Grassley never said that what he was suggesting was against the law. It took a follow-up question from a reporter for Sen. Grassley to admit that he was discussing a leak that would be illegal.
Chuck Grassley was spreading a favorite conspiracy theory of Republicans that President Obama is going to interfere and delay the release of the results of the investigation until after the election. It never seems to cross the minds of Republicans that Hillary Clinton might not have done anything wrong.
In the minds of top Republicans in Congress, former Sec. of State Clinton has already been found guilty.
Anyone who is expecting Republicans to change and end their obstruction if Hillary Clinton wins in November is going to be severely disappointed. It doesn’t matter which Democratic candidate wins. They will be dealing with the same old Republican Party.
Chuck Grassley provided proof that if voters want a Congress that works, they need to vote out the obstructionist Republicans.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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