Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, appearing on MSNBC with host Ari Melber.

Washington – The Trump campaign on Monday attacked the credibility of Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and several other Democrats, warning television networks  against booking them on their news shows.

“You should begin by asking the basic question: Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past? “ Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign, wrote in a memo to the television networks.

Besides Blumenthal, whose name was at the top of the  list, Murtaugh warned against booking Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., head of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., head of the House Judiciary Committee. Both panels are investigating the Trump campaign and the Trump administration.

Also on the list is Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. — an outspoken member of House Intelligence Committee — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and former CIA Director Tom Brennan.

Appearing on CNN late Monday, Blumenthal said “the effort to discredit critics is not new to this administration.”

Murtaugh said a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on a 22-month probe of Russian involvement in U.S. elections “found that no one associated with President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, despite repeated offers from Russia-linked operatives.” He also said that although Mueller made no recommendation on the issue of obstruction, Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “determined that there was no obstruction.”

“The only way to interpret these conclusions is as a total and complete vindication of President Trump,” Murtaugh wrote.

Among the “reckless” and “outlandish, false claims” he listed in his memo, was Blumenthal’s statement in October on  MSNBC that “the evidence is pretty clear that there was collision between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”

Blumenthal said Murtaugh’s memo did not include the whole statement he gave MSNBC in October, which was ““the evidence is there, whether there’s enough of it to bring criminal charges is another issue entirely.”

“I stand by the contention that there is evidence, it may not rise to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. I know as a former prosecutor that sometimes that proof becomes very close, but it has to be beyond a reasonable doubt,” Blumenthal said. “Particularly when it’s the president, it’s a very, very high bar.”

No one has seen the evidence that led to Mueller’s determination because the special counsel’s report has not been released in full to Congress or the public.

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  1. I’m not a fan of Trump and his koch funded GOP nor am I a fan of Blumenthal and the DNC both beating the nuclear war drums against Russia and perpetuating the Russiagate drama. The billions wasted spent on politicking and elite infighting. None of these representatives represent any of us anymore. From Russiagate to Venezuela Syria Yemen fleecing the proles with never ending wars and austerity and privatization of everything. They all belong in jail for treason and crimes against humanity.

  2. It is my opinion, as a small business owner for more than 35 years, that Dick Blumenthal, attorney general of Connecticut, started the obfuscation of the business community in Connecticut during his reign as attorney general. His lawsuit mentality against hundreds of businesses was the beginning of the disparagement of the economic engine of this state. His behavior as a senator has deteriorated further. Not to say that the president does not act like a buffoon but it does not call for Connecticut’s senator to cast unfounded lies

  3. AG Blumenthal was a fan of frivolous lawsuits, he used the massive club of State resources to destroy many small businesses, and assigned the bulk of the Tobacco case workload to his former employer. Then there’s that pesky National embarrassment his Military Service lies have caused people of this State.

    However, fans of UConn athletics (I’m not one) remember him for his efforts that resulted in UConn becoming a pariah to larger, more competitive and much more profitable Athletic Conferences. That status continues today and, despite ‘penalties’ (that are ending) flooding cash into the UConn coffers, the UC Athletic Dept continues to lose tens of millions of dollars–not including what the terrible East Hartford stadium facility costs the State.

    These days, Sen Blumenthal (and his junior Senate partner) fight FOR illegal aliens and AGAINST American citizen’s Rights. The end of his days in the US Senate and his posturing for the cameras will not come soon enough for many.

  4. Imagine if Senator Blumenthal is denied camera access and air time. That surely would be the end of him.

    The complicit media will always continue to allow their fellow Democrats to spew sensational and unsubstantiated allegations about the President. That will never change.

  5. Trump is truly amazing. Here’s a guy who has lied or outrageously exaggerated in his public speeches or tweets over 8,000 times in a mere 2 years.

    1. It is difficult to do a comparison against previous Presidents given their lack of social media output while in office. My guess is that the lie/sentence ratio of President Obama is comparable.

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