Senate Judiciary chairman Grassley eyes move to finance panel

FILE PHOTO – U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks during a news conference to discuss the FBI background investigation into the assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, currently head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will seek to lead the chamber’s Finance Committee when the next Congress convenes in January, he said in a statement on Friday.

In recent weeks, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has publicly stated that he would aim to take over the chairmanship of the Judiciary panel if there was a vacancy.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Richard Cowan; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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