February 2nd, 2009
04:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Grassley takes aim at Obama vetting process

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/02/art.getty.grassley.jpg caption="The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said he had concerns about the Obama administration's vetting process."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Immediately before the Senate Finance Committee began its closed-door meeting to consider former Sen. Tom Daschle’s failure to pay certain taxes, the panel's top Republican said he had concerns about the Obama administration's vetting process.

“I have a high level of concern about how it looks to the public,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said of Daschle's situation. “I don’t have a level of concern about how it affects his ability to be HHS Secretary.”

He said he’s most concerned about the vetting process, even making a sarcastic comment about President Obama otherwise being a “genius.”

“What bothers me is a President who wanted to get his administration off and running even before he’s sworn in. What’s wrong with the vetting process? It shows a little bit of shortcoming for someone who otherwise is a genius, you know, about management capability.”

Members of the Finance Committee are meeting at this hour to review the matter. Grassley says that right now only he and Chairman Max Baucus have read the full report detailing the tax problems stalling Daschle’s nomination.

At the meeting, which is closed, the other 21 members of the committee will review and discuss the report.

Daschle will wait in a separate room and will be available to come in if members have questions, and he may be offered an opportunity to address the committee, should he choose to.

Grassley, who says he won’t decide whether to support Daschle until after the committee holds formal confirmation hearings, said he expects those hearings to begin February 10.

Filed under: Charles Grassley • Tom Daschle
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Joe

    KAYLA- Why do all you libs forget about Carter? The worst President of all time!!

    February 2, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Oh, this is RICH.... I just can't keep from reading it over and over again... these bozos don't realize yet that they LOST! Obama does NOT have to court them... but they better worry about what they are doing and sayin.... they have to re-elected. And I think the scales have fallen from just about everyone by now! 🙂 Bravo... bravo... that is all I have to say...!

    Go back into your caves.... hunker down for the next 4 to 8 years! And hope that the American People have forgotten your hypocracy.. and it will take a lot LONGER to forget the mess you put this country into! *spit*

    February 2, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to No Incumbets 2010:

    Gore and Kerry served in Vietnam; Bush protected the TVA from moonshiners!

    February 2, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. indy

    I think the problem with another person not paying taxes until they were selected for a cabinet position is that this issue seems to not matter to President Obama or those doing the vetting. As a former Senator, Daschle should have known this would come up. Although in my opinion, taxes are only part of his issues, what about all of the companies that paid him to speak. His was not a small oversight, I realize he apologized, but I think he should withdraw his name from consideration. I keep waiting for change, and keep getting disappointed.

    February 2, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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