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Blumenthal says he’s ready to sue for Kavanaugh documents

WASHINGTON –Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday said he will spearhead an effort to sue for documents relating to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure in the White House. “We are going to be going to court sometime this week to compel compliance with our FOIA request,” Blumenthal said at a press conference in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal spars with Kavanaugh over abortion rights, presidential powers

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has already decided to vote against the Supreme Court nominee, had his first chance Wednesday to cross swords with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on a series of issues that included abortion rights and presidential powers. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Dems have FOIA’d Kavanaugh White House documents

WASHINGTON – Democrats  have opened an new front in their battle to obtain a mountain of documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tenure in the White House by filing Freedom of Information Act requests for that information, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, gun control groups ramp up fight against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – Gun control groups, who are among the most active in the “stop Kavanaugh” movement, were helped by Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday as they ratcheted up their opposition to President Donald Trump’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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‘Warrior of religious liberty’ Kavanaugh could shift church-state balance

WASHINGTON — There’s concern Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will speed the Supreme Court’s steady shift from a strict separation between government and religion and that his approach to religious liberty cases would determine the intensity of that trend for decades. Considered a “warrior of religious liberty” by some of his conservative admirers, Kavanaugh has defended the use of taxpayer money for religious schools and backed student-led prayers at high school football games. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, other Dems, say Kavanaugh threatens Mueller probe

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday joined other Democrats in assailing Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for suggesting, years ago, that justices were wrong in deciding former President Richard Nixon had to obey a subpoena to turn over the Watergate tapes. Continue Reading →

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There’s a reason CT Dems among the first to say they’ll vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court last year, Connecticut’s Democratic senators waited two months to decide to vote against the candidate. Not this time with Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, They were among the first out of the gate to say they will vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. Continue Reading →

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Haspel confirmed as CIA director; Blumenthal, Murphy vote ‘no’

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the first women to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, a move that was opposed by both Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy. The Connecticut senators said they were concerned about Haspel’s involvement in CIA torture sites. Continue Reading →

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Murphy to oppose Pompeo confirmation to lead State Department

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Monday said he would oppose the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department. Murphy cited the candidate’s “narrow” foreign policy views and stands on a number of issues, including the use of torture and the rights of Muslims and LGBT Americans, “that place him outside mainstream American values.” Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal backs Wray, foresees ‘a firestorm’ for FBI

Wray, 50, told senators on the Judiciary panel that he would quit if Trump asked him to do anything illegal. He also said he did not consider special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether there were Russian ties to the Trump campaign “a witch hunt.” Continue Reading →

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‘Joementum’ slows as Dems criticize Lieberman as possible FBI choice

WASHINGTON – Momentum slowed Friday on the expected nomination of former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to head the FBI as the White House decided to postpone an announcement of President Donald Trump’s pick for the job held by James Comey before his firing. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal votes against Justice nominee over Russia probe

WASHINGTON —Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday was in a small minority of senators to vote against the confirmation of Rod Rosenstein to the No. 2 job at the Justice Department. He said Rosenstein’s failure to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate ties between the Trump administration and Russia forced him to vote against the nomination. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy face new Senate landscape after ‘nuclear’ deployment

WASHINGTON — While angered that the GOP “went nuclear,” changing Senate rules to win confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Sen. Chris Murphy said he will still try to work with Republicans on common interests, while Sen. Richard Blumenthal warned of “repercussions.” Continue Reading →

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