Pat Leahy wants the Justice Department to stop blowing off Chuck Grassley.
The Vermont Democrat joined his Republican colleague from Iowa in writing this letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday asking the department to finally respond to nearly 20 inquiries Grassley has made over the past three years.
“I just feel very strongly that whether it is a Democrat or Republican administration, when they are asked appropriate questions by the members of this committee, they should be responding to them,” Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said at a panel meeting yesterday.
This is the second time in five months that Grassley has publicly called on the Justice Department to answer his questions. The Iowa senator said in June that he was not getting satisfactory answers to his inquiries. He threatened to hold DOJ nominees until he got answers from Holder.
“We appreciated your statement at your confirmation hearing before the Committee that if confirmed as Attorney General, you would ‘do all [you] can, and, to make sure that [you] respond fully…and in a timely fashion’ to Congressional oversight inquiries,” the senators wrote in their letter to Holder. “In that spirit, we ask that you work with Senator Grassley to address these outstanding requests expeditiously.”
Grassley’s office and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The chart of requests included in the letter to Holder is below.