A top Republican in the Senate is turning the spotlight of his committee on the tenure of Hillary Clinton as the U.S. State Department, as the controversy over the attack in Benghazi grows to include questions of document security and issues regarding her staff. Grassley is ready to play some hardball with Clinton.
Grassley is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will place a hold on a pending nominee at the State Department until he has the answers from the State Department about many issues that have the potential to possibly embarrass the Democratic frontrunner for the White House in 2016, believe insiders.
If no response is forthcoming, Grassley has threatened to use some tougher tactics. After probing this issue for a number of years, but not receiving the data he has sought, Grassley is demanding additional details about the work status of top confidant to Clinton Huma Abedin, who allegedly has a potential conflict of interest, working in the private sector, while serving as well for Clinton while she was the Secretary of State.
It was also recently discovered that she might have also received a reimbursement that was wrongful for $10,000 for leave time that was unused. Both accounts have been contested by Abedin.
Grassley will block this nominee because he says the State Department engaged in a delay that was unreasonable in their response to the Judiciary Committee, noting that his probe of Abedin goes all the way back over two years to June of 2013.
He says the Committee to date has yet to receive a full response for the State Department. In addition, the Committee acquired new information recently that indicates the State Department has had material in their possession that would answer some of the inquires of the Committee, yet the material requested has not been forthcoming.
An official in the State Department said via an email that the department would be providing information to the senator in response to the request in the near future.
The demand by Grassley comes just a few days after he sent the FBI a letter pushing them to probe the use of a private email server by Clinton.