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Murphy: pipe bombs, suspicious packages a ‘coordinated assassination attempt’

WASHINGTON – Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday were urged to take additional security precautions following reports that the U.S. Secret Service intercepted explosive devices sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other high-profile Democrats. No member of the Connecticut congressional delegation was targeted in the attack, which Sen. Chris Murphy called “a coordinated assassination attempt against Democrats.” Continue Reading →

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Attorneys for Kavanaugh’s Yale accuser worry FBI ‘is not conducting a serious investigation.’

Washington – A lawyer for former Connecticut resident Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her in a Yale dorm room, said the FBI conducted a “detailed and productive interview” Sunday of his client. But in a series of tweets on Tuesday, the attorney said he is concerned “that the FBI is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct – a serious investigation.” Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal helped Kavanaugh classmate send FBI emails on efforts to discredit Yale accuser

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he tried to help a Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh send the FBI emails that she says show that the judge’s team was trying to discredit the story of Deborah Ramirez, who has accused the judge of exposing himself to her at a party. Continue Reading →

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Yale Law professors call for ‘neutral’ probe of Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation

WASHINGTON – As the partisan tussle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court continued Friday, Yale Law School faculty weighed in with a letter asking that the FBI or another “neutral factfinder” investigate an accusation that the nominee sexually assaulted another teen at a high school party decades ago. Continue Reading →

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Himes blasts GOP intelligence panel’s final report on Russia probe

WASHINGTON – While Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee issued a final report Friday on a year-long probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections that generally clears the Trump campaign of any wrongdoing, Rep. Jim Himes and other Democrats on the panel say they will continue the investigation. Continue Reading →

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Senate attempt to protect Mueller gets a boost

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s angry tweets this week about the growing Russia investigation and the federal raid of the president’s personal lawyer has jump-started an effort backed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a growing number of senators to try to prevent Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s firing. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal writes FBI over White House security clearances

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday joined five other Democratic senators in asking the FBI to provide them with the name and status of all individuals who currently hold interim security clearances at the White House, and asking the agency whether any of them have access to classified information. Continue Reading →

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Himes defends FBI use of controversial dossier

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a rebuttal memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee concerning its investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. election. In a closed door meeting of the panel this week concerning that memo, Rep. Jim Himes defended the FBI against GOP attacks. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, other Dems call for greater protections for Mueller

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s indictment on Monday widened a partisan split, with Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, calling for an increased pace of investigation and added protections for special counsel Robert Mueller and Republicans demanding equal effort be spent on a probe of ties between Democrats and the Russians. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Comey’s tale ‘chilling;’ Murphy says Trump should testify

WASHINGTON – This city was transfixed Thursday by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Senate Intelligence Committee and Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among those had a front-row seat during the riveting three hours of questioning. He said Comey painted a “chilling picture” of his contacts with President Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Comey testimony shows Trump ‘disdain’ for rule of law

WASHINGTON — During Senate debate Wednesday on legislation that would tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said former FBI Director James Comey’s accounts of meetings with Donald Trump may explain why the president is not pressing for tougher sanctions against Russia. Continue Reading →

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McCain ‘disappointed’ by reports Lieberman no longer in running for FBI

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Wednesday he is “disappointed” by reports former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer under consideration to head the FBI. He said Democrats’ rejection of Lieberman, a former Democrat who was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate, would make anyone “cynical” about Washington. 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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