Senate confirms Medine to Privacy, Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he opposed Medine’s nomination because he wasn’t forthcoming with answers during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley said he asked Medine questions about his views on the Patriot Act and military force against terrorism but that Medine gave evasive answers.

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“Unfortunately, the responses I received failed to provide his views,” Grassley said ahead of the vote on Tuesday. “Very simply, when people are called to testify before Congress they should provide their views.”

Grassley said he didn’t trust that Medine could make the right decisions on “critical national security laws” that the board oversees. Grassley pointed out the Medine received a party-line vote in the Judiciary Committee, where Grassley serves as the ranking member.

“I fear that a nomination that is as polarizing as this could cloud the judgment of the board,” Grassley said.

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