Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senate Judiciary Committee
September 22, 2022
want to follow up on a matter I raised a few weeks ago. It saddens me to see
news reports that House Democrats are rejecting the police week bills that
passed the Senate with unanimous consent. These are good bills. One of them, fighting
PTSD, which I lead with Senator Coons, supported mental health treatment for
law enforcement officers and firefighters with PTSD. Officers face dangerous
situations on a regular basis that leave them suffering from Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder, and this bill would have helped support them.
Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training
Act was designed to help train officers to de-escalate dangerous situations
and avoid violence. The Strong
Communities Act was designed to recruit and retain officers who would live
in their home communities.
for Invest to Protect Act, we did the
courtesy of passing the House’s version of their police week bills. The House
should pass the Senate version of Invest to Protect as well. I repeat—all of
these bills unanimously passed out of the Senate—meaning no Republican or
Democratic Senator objected to these bills in the Senate. We worked hard for
months on getting everything across the finish line, including working with
Senator Booker, who voiced some concerns in our markup. But the House Democrats
decided instead to offer up a bunch of bills that they know will be dead on
arrival in the Senate.
thank Senator Durbin for reaching out to the House to try to move these bills
forward, but unfortunately, they have chosen not to listen. I know many House
Democrats who worked on these bills must be disappointed by this as well, but
it is clear that certain extreme elements in their party can’t have a normal
police week where we pass each other’s bills, and they were able to exert
pressure to stand in the way of this legislation. I ask the House to reconsider
this path. Police and firefighters need our support.
also like to mention the Hunter
Biden Special Counsel letter
that Republican members sent to Attorney
General Garland this week. The letter requests that special counsel protections
and authorities be extended to U.S. Attorney Weiss. Senator Cornyn led the
charge in getting that letter done. I thank him for his leadership in doing so.
May 9 of this year, Senator Johnson and I wrote to U.S. Attorney Weiss. We
asked him whether he’s acquired relevant records to fully advance the Hunter
Biden investigation. We asked him if he’s received sufficient resources and
support from the Justice Department to execute the investigation. We also asked
him if he’s discussed the need for a special counsel to properly investigate
the Hunter Biden criminal matter.
General Garland interceded and answered on his behalf. Although calling it an
answer doesn’t do the letter any justice. It was another letter with just words
on a piece of paper. Moreover, it showed that maybe U.S. Attorney Weiss isn’t
as independent as he should be if the Justice Department proper answers on his
there’s another reason why I joined Senator Cornyn’s letter. Whistleblowers
have presented allegations to me that the FBI had ongoing investigative
activity into Hunter Biden in advance of the 2020 election. The whistleblower
disclosures to me relate to investigative activity and avenues of information
separate from the ongoing Hunter Biden criminal probe
. And it related to
potentially criminal conduct.
Agent Thibault and others at the FBI shut down that activity right before the
2020 election. So, I asked Director Wray the following,
“When the FBI
receives potential criminal information relating to a matter that’s subject to
investigation and prosecution by a U.S. Attorney, is it the FBI’s standard
practice to share that information with the relevant U.S. Attorney’s Office?”
Wray said it was his expectation that the information would be shared.
how can that information be shared if it’s shut down? The Justice Department
and FBI have failed to answer that critical question. Therefore, as I’ve said
publicly before, there’s a very real concern that the ongoing Hunter Biden
criminal matter doesn’t include the full scope of facts and evidence.
Justice Department’s and FBI’s failure to be transparent with Congress and the
American people has cast a cloud over the Hunter Biden investigation. Simply
put, how can the American people trust the results if the investigation doesn’t
include at least all of the known information?