Prepared Statement by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee
Executive Business Meeting
Thursday, February 3, 2022
like to say a few words about the Open
App Markets Act. While I have some concerns with the private right of
action in the bill, I’ll vote to move this bill forward. I appreciate Senators
Blackburn and Blumenthal’s work on this bill. Also, I’m encouraged that the committee
is taking a hard look at the dominance and control that Big Tech has over
American consumers and smaller businesses, starting with us successfully
reporting out the American Innovation and
Choice Online Act two weeks ago and taking up this bill today.
I’d also like to discuss a joint
oversight request to the Justice Department from me and Senator Johnson. On
January 19, 2021, then-President Trump issued a memorandum to the Attorney
General, Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the Central
Intelligence Agency. It directed them to declassify certain Crossfire Hurricane
records. The next month, my staff reached out to the Justice Department
requesting an update on where that directive stood. My staff and Senator
Johnson’s staff repeated that request through the year.
On October 13, 2021, Senator
Johnson and I wrote to the Attorney General requesting an update on the
declassification process. In response, on January 20, 2022, the Department
stated that it had yet to determine exactly which materials are subject to
declassification. That’s one year after the declassification directive was
issued. The Department has yet to produce a single record to Congress and the
Further, the Department has yet to
confirm that these Crossfire Hurricane productions to Congress won’t include
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) redactions. As we all know, Congress didn’t
create FOIA for it to be used to hide information from Congress. Yet the
executive branch – Republican and Democratic – uses FOIA as a shield in that
Accordingly, Chairman Durbin, this
presents a perfect bipartisan opportunity to assert this committee’s authority
over the Justice Department. I encourage you to join my efforts to ensure that
this committee is provided productions free from FOIA redactions.
also like to speak briefly about the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Chairman Durbin
and I discussed the nomination process with President Biden. I thank the president
for taking the time to meet with us.
also thank him for making it clear that we will have a process that allows us
to diligently and fairly review the nominee’s record. Our job is to carefully
scrutinize the nominee’s qualifications, temperament and commitment to our
Constitution. We’ll do exactly that, and
we will treat the nominee with dignity, fairness and respect while we do so.
what we won’t do is rubber stamp someone committed to implementing a radical
progressive agenda by legislating from the bench. Liberal dark money groups
have already made it clear that’s what they expect. I hope the president
rejects these demands and picks someone committed to interpreting the
Constitution and our laws according to their text and original meaning.