PHOTO: Ex-Sen. Doug Jones, tapped by @POTUS Biden to "sherpa" the eventual Supreme Court nominee through the confirmation process, is seen in this White House photo as he begins reaching out to Dem & GOP senators about the forthcoming process. pic.twitter.com/VQDMHASdAq
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) February 16, 2022
Senate confirms Biden Pentagon nominee with Russia expertise despite Hawley’s effort to slow the process https://t.co/ttp1Ih4ykZ
— Diane Askwyth (@dianerocks52) February 17, 2022
Nah, I don’t think Putin’s paying Hawley to be obstructionist. Why pay for something he can get for free?
… “Intentionally delaying the confirmation of a qualified expert on Russian affairs at a time like this is supremely reckless,” Schumer said Wednesday, adding that Hawley’s actions are “making the American people less safe.”
Spokesmen for Hawley did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Hawley’s colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee also have criticized his move…
On Monday, Hawley defended his decision to delay Wallander’s confirmation process by accusing Biden of pushing Europe closer to war.
“As Joe Biden’s incompetence leads Europe closer to war, Dr. Wallander seems to think we should keep doing more of the same in Europe, including bringing Ukraine into NATO, which will mean more and more American troops,” said Hawley, who opposes any effort to admit Ukraine to NATO and insists the focus should be on China.
Russia has demanded that Ukraine be barred from joining NATO; the United States and NATO have said the alliance’s open-door policy is nonnegotiable.
— Matt Rogers ?? (@Politidope) February 16, 2022
Dogs all over lower Florida must’ve had a bad day, what with the supersonic screeching noises from Palm Beach…
Breaking News: President Biden, rejecting Donald Trump’s executive privilege claim, is ordering the release of White House visitor logs to the Jan. 6 panel. He informed the National Archives that the logs should be turned over within 15 days.https://t.co/HHx3ORSA0N
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 16, 2022
… The House committee has requested a wide range of material from the Trump White House relating to the Jan. 6 attack and Mr. Trump’s efforts to remain in office after his defeat. The committee is seeking to pull together a definitive account of that period and is considering whether it should refer its findings to the Justice Department as a way of creating pressure for a potential criminal prosecution.
The response from Ms. Remus appeared to indicate that Mr. Biden would not assert executive privilege over any visitor logs that touched on the matters the committee wants to know more about.
Those lines of inquiry include: the pressure campaign on Vice President Mike Pence to delay the certification of the Electoral College tally on Jan. 6, the scheme to put forward alternate slates of Trump electors from states he lost, Mr. Trump’s consideration of plans to seize voting machines and the various legal challenges brought by Mr. Trump and his supporters.
Under Mr. Biden and under President Barack Obama, the White House has made its visitor logs public, a move that proponents of government transparency have long said gives the public a greater sense of who has a direct pipeline to the country’s most powerful officials.
But the Trump administration said in April 2017 that such logs should remain secret because of “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.” Barring their disclosure made it far harder to determine which donors, lobbyists and activists had access to Mr. Trump and his aides…