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Lindsey Graham To Give Judiciary Chairmanship Back To Chuck Grassley

Following the House vote on the impeachment inquiry, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that he will give the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee back to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), Politico reported Thursday.

Graham said that the Iowa Republican is “a very special friend” who has two more years in which he could be chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Graham took over the panel this year from Grassley, who left to chair the Senate Finance Committee.

Senate Republicans allow their members to chair a committee for six years in total, regularly leading to rounds of musical chairs as senators face committee term limits.

Grassley said he would “absolutely” want to go back to being Judiciary chairman and spoke to Graham about the request recently.

As Judiciary chairman in the last Congress, Grassley oversaw the hotly contested confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley’s role as chairman would depend on Republicans keeping the Senate in 2020.

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