Patrick Leahy steps aside to let Dianne Feinstein become Ranking Member. Feinstein is viewed as more of a fighter and better suited to #resist
But concerning revelations keep popping regarding the Steele dossier and about the Flynn leaks
He demands a briefing and information from Comey.
In fact, he even threatens to blockade the nomination of Rosenstein until he gets cooperation from FBI & DOJ
Why they feel they don't have to hand over docs or testify.
"There appear to be material inconsistencies between the description of the FBI’s relationship with Steele that you did provide in your briefing and information contained in DOJ docs made available to the cmte..."
Grassley is trying to turn the momentum around and finally get answers after hitting roadblocks for the past couple months and having his attention diverted by confirmations bit.ly/2Eqq7wF
1) The push to getting Glenn Simpson to testify and
2) The standoff over interviewing some important FBI employees
Then wrap up with the aftermath
This is May 11th
But unfortunately, cmte staff doesn't push them on it. On the 19th there is a phone call, setting a new deadline of the 23rd
But the cmte gets a response back from Acting Assistant Attorney General Sam Ramer: bit.ly/2QNsdwA
Apparently right after this Grassley threatens a subpoena and then DOJ starts cooperating more. The DOJ letter: bit.ly/2RVlz4E