Senator Chuck Grassley is a reliable conservative. However, the Iowa Republican finds himself at the center of an escalating showdown with the Trump administration. (The Hill)
In statements included in the Congressional Record, Grassley placed a hold on David Satterfield’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey, citing his role in trying to negotiate changes to the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, a bill sponsored by the Iowa GOP senator.
Grassley said the State Department did not raise concerns about the legislation before it passed. He added that Satterfield, in leading the department’s negotiations, won’t support changes that include language to “tangibly benefit victims.”
“Rather, my bill seemed an annoyance to State’s priorities and Ambassador Satterfield on several occasions vocalized his concern about the law’s impact on the Palestinian Authority, who have been found liable in U.S. courts for supporting terrorist attacks against Americans,” Grassley said.
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