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Blumenthal sues to block Whitaker serving as U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined two other Senate Democrats on Monday in suing to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general. The lawsuit argues that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause requires that the Senate confirm high-level federal government officials, including the Attorney General, before they exercise the duties of the office.

Posted inPolitics

DeLauro: Splitting immigrant kids from parents is ‘child abuse’

WASHINGTON – At a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro sought support for her resolution condemning the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border. DeLauro’s resolution has an uphill climb in a GOP Congress, but her effort amplifies the Democratic outcry over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.

Posted inJustice, Politics

Trump pushes for ‘bump stock’ ban, but Malloy, others skeptical

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks and similar devices “that turn legal weapons into machine guns.” But proponents of stricter federal gun regulations, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are skeptical of Trump’s initiative.

Posted inJustice

CT lawmakers ask Sessions if policing money delayed by ‘sanctuary’ policy

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s lawmakers on Tuesday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions why the state has not received about $2.6 million in 2017 federal policing grants, suggesting the delay may be the result of “Connecticut’s immigration laws and policies.” “If true, this delay would be illogical and potentially illegal,” the delegation letter said.

Posted inPolitics

Sessions tells Blumenthal he’s had no contact from Mueller in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Attorney General Jeff Sessions played a game of political cat and mouse Wednesday during a Senate Judiciary oversight hearing, with the Democratic senator pressing Sessions on whether he’d been contacted for questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller. Blumenthal finally got a no from Sessions.

Posted inJustice

CT questions Sessions over ‘sanctuary city’ policing grant ban

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on Tuesday asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clarify new rules requiring that those seeking federal policing money certify they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy also have written Sessions over his policy of cracking down on “sanctuary” cities and states by withholding federal law enforcement funds.

Posted inJustice

Barrios’ deportation case one of many in CT

WASHINGTON — The case of Luis Barrios, a Guatemalan native who faces deportation after decades of living in Derby and forming a family in the United States, has captured the sympathy of his neighbors and key federal lawmakers, who have intervened to try to keep him in the United States. But his case is not unique. Many immigrants like Barrios who were not in danger of deportation now may be.

Posted inNews

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.