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Blumenthal pans Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony in Senate Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal listened to Donald Trump Jr. testify for five hours in a closed-door Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, but says he’s not satisfied with the responses. He said the president’s eldest son “raised more questions than he answered.”
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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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Blumenthal: Let Judiciary panel take crack at close-mouthed Sessions

Washington – Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had plenty of questions for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, but few were answered. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was not on the panel, said he wants a chance to to try to wrest information from the close-mouthed attorney general. 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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Himes: Comey testimony raises questions about Trump’s ability to enforce the law

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Himes said former FBI Director James Comey’s prepared testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee “should have us all asking a fundamental question about whether we can trust this president to uphold and enforce the laws of the United States.” 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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DOJ bows to Blumenthal, other Dems in tapping Mueller to head Russia probe

The campaign for a special prosecutor was led by Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who voted against the confirmation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because the nominee would not commit to the appointment of a special prosecutor. But a steady stream of Republicans joined that campaign this week. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Trump request of Comey ‘obstruction of justice’

WASHINGTON — Reacting to a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to call off the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday “We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time.” Continue Reading →

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Support rises in Congress and public for independent Russia probe

WASHINGTON – Even before former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal was pressing for any probe of Russian links to the Trump administration be conducted by a special prosecutor. But some now say a special prosecutor may not be enough. Continue Reading →

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