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Judiciary Committee advances nomination, but Kavanaugh hits a snag

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, but the nomination hit a snag when a key Republican pressed for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by the judge. Continue Reading →

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Kavanaugh hearing engulfed in high-stakes drama and emotion

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily lashed out at Democrats who oppose his candidacy and said a rash of accusations of sexual misbehavior from women is a  “calculated and orchestrated political hit.” But it was his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who first held the nation’s attention when she said she was afraid Kavanaugh “was going to rape me” at a high school party decades ago. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, other Dems, demand Trump withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday joined his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in demanding President Donald Trump direct the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh or withdraw the nomination. The president, who has escalated his defense of the nominee, is not likely to comply. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, other Dems, reject scheduling of Friday vote on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans have scheduled a vote on Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh for Friday morning, just one day after he and sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford are due to testify before the lawmakers. The scheduling of the vote provoked Democrats on the panel, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to accuse Republicans of a rush to judgment and of pressing for Kavanaugh’s confirmation with little regard to the allegations against him. 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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CT sexual assault victims back Kavanaugh accuser

Victims of sexual assault in Connecticut on Thursday joined others across the country in backing Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago when both were attending a teenage party. Meanwhile, Ford’s lawyers began negotiations with Senate Republicans regarding the conditions on her testimony. Continue Reading →

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Kavanaugh and alleged victim of assault to testify before Senate panel

A handful of Connecticut female candidates joined other Democrats Monday calling for an investigation into the complaint that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a high school party decades ago. Continue Reading →

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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 releases ‘confidential’ emails, grills Kavanaugh on ACA, Mueller probe

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday joined frustrated Democratic colleagues in releasing documents once designated as “committee confidential” as a way of exposing what they say are Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s true positions on abortion, affirmative action and other issues. Blumenthal also tried again to pin down Kavanaugh with questions about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Mueller’s investigation and President Donald Trump’s insults of sitting judges. 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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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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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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Zuckerberg apologizes, Blumenthal says that’s not enough

At a hearing Tuesday, Blumenthal plans to press Zuckerberg to commit to broad changes to protect user privacy, including requiring users to “opt in” rather than “opt out” of tracking by data-mining companies. Blumenthal also wants Facebook users to be able to see all the information collected about them. Continue Reading →

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Murphy joins growing Democratic chorus urging Franken to resign

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Wednesday joined more than half the Senate’s Democrats in  calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign, a movement that picked up steam after a sixth woman accused the Minnesota Democrat of improper sexual advances. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he is withholding comment until Franken makes a scheduled announcement Thursday. Continue Reading →

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