Senate hearing adjourned to avoid Dem shutdown over Comey

Senate hearing adjourned to avoid Dem shutdown over Comey
© Greg Nash
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing ended abruptly Wednesday morning after word spread that Senate Democrats were planning a slowdown of committee business.
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCriminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot Bottom line Incoming Congress looks more like America MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, planned to shut down a confirmation hearing in retaliation for President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey Tuesday.
The committee's Democrats were going invoke an obscure Senate rule to end the hearing after just over an hour. The rule, which is normally waived, prevents hearings from going two hours past the Senate's convening.
Feinstein said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe should both answer to the committee about President Trump's dismissal of Comey on Monday night.
"At a minimum the decision to fire Comey raises questions about the appropriateness and timing of firing the person in charge of an investigation that could — I won't say 'would,' but could — implicate the administration," she said. "To have this happen, and happen now, is beyond surprising."
The hearing was meant to examine the administration's nominees for solicitor general and two assistant attorney general positions, in the Office of Legal Counsel and for the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division.
Only six of the panel's senators questioned the nominees before Grassley abruptly adjourned the hearing when there weren't any Democrats in room.
It's unclear whether the nominees will have to face another confirmation hearing.