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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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Mueller protection bill approved by key committee with GOP help

WASHINGTON– Four Republicans joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other Democrats in voting on Thursday to approve a bill that aims to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired in the midst of the Russia investigation. Continue Reading →

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Himes: Intelligence panel badly hurt by Russia probe conduct

WASHINGTON — Although it boosted his visibility, Rep. Jim Himes says the House Intelligence Committee’s newly concluded Russia probe has left him disappointed and left the important oversight panel “relatively toothless” to tackle similar missions. Nevertheless, the five-term Democrat says he’s sticking with the job of overseeing the nation’s spy agencies, whose actions are sometimes “scary.” Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal slams Trump for failing to commit to a Mueller interview

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday slammed President Trump for declining to say whether he would grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating any possible collusion between Russian and the Trump campaign. Blumenthal said, “The president has a moral and legal duty to cooperate.” Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Trump’s new Vietnam tweets about him ‘slurs’

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President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter Monday morning – and again in the afternoon – to renew his attacks on U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., bringing up the senator’s misstatements about service in Vietnam for the third time. Trump called him a “phony Vietnam con artist.” 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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Himes: Trump ‘is not acting like an innocent party’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes’ job as a minority member of the House Intelligence Committee usually wasn’t a path to the political spotlight – but all that changed with the election of Donald Trump and allegations his campaign may have colluded with the Russians to influence U.S. elections. Continue Reading →

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