Blumenthal: Mitch McConnell Is 'Undermining the Credibility' of Impeachment Trial

On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) coordinating with the White House about the upcoming Senate impeachment trial was “improper.” Blumenthal said, “It is improper. He said not only is

Sen. Blumenthal: Lindsey Graham Will 'Regret' Investigating Biden

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said his colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would end up regretting investigating 2020 presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden. Blumenthal said, “I really regret that he has launched on

Blumenthal: Trump Is 'Trying to Taint the Jury Pool'

On Thursday’s broadcast of CBS’s “Evening News,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) accused President Donald Trump of attempting to “taint the jury pool” by hosting a lunch today at the White House for Republicans senators. Blumenthal said, “His agenda’s pretty clear. He’s

Dem Sen. Blumenthal: Trump Surveillance Order Seems 'Like an Effort to Distract'

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reacted to President Trump’s order that the intelligence community cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into surveillance during the 2016 election by stating that “it seems much more like an

Dem Sen. Blumenthal: Barr's Letter 'Brazenly Devious' – Maybe There's Not Sufficient Evidence of Collusion Because There Was Obstruction

While speaking with MSNBC on Saturday, Senate Judiciary Committee member Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that Attorney General William Barr’s letter summarizing the Mueller report is “brazenly devious.” Blumenthal said, “This letter is elegantly, but brazenly devious. What [Bill] Barr has

Dem Sen. Blumenthal: 'People Would Be Justified' to Feel There Was 'Miscarriage of Justice' in Manafort Sentence

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that people “would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice” in Paul Manafort’s sentence of 47 months. Blumenthal said, “[T]he American people would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice here in the leniency of this sentence. Remember, those sentencing guidelines apply to all defendants, and the judge really needs a good reason to go below them. The recommendation of 19 to 25 years is an assessment of the severity of these crimes, and what Paul Manafort did was essentially, potentially threaten our very democracy, the principles of our democracy. That’s the reason that he is in that courtroom. That’s the reason that he’s been convicted of these very serious crimes, tax fraud and bank fraud and money laundering, which involved Ukrainian money used to impact the democracy.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Dem Sen. Blumenthal: 'The Walls Are Closing in on Donald Trump'

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reacted to the Southern District of New York’s sentencing memo on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen by stating that the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, “and the walls are closing in on Donald Trump and his inner circle, including his family.” Blumenthal said, “This sentencing memorandum, first of all, is a bombshell in showing why prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, independent of the special counsel, believe that Donald Trump committed a felony that enabled him, or at least helped him to become president. And covering up those payments was part of what was done, part of the conspiracy in which Donald Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator, think of it for a moment, unindicted co-conspirator. And the further information in this bombshell memorandum shows facts and evidence that link that conspiracy to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and potentially obstruction of justice. So, the pieces of the mosaic, or the puzzle, are coming into place, and the walls are closing in on Donald Trump and his inner circle, including his family.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Blumenthal: We're Thinking About Tying Mueller Protection to 'Must-Pass Bills'

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said there is planning to attach legislation protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller to “must-pass bills relating to appropriations or the continuing resolution.” Blumenthal said, “[W]e are thinking about ways that we can attach the special prosecutor protection legislation to other bills that may be moving through the United States Senate, must-pass bills relating to appropriations or the continuing resolution. Equally important, we’re thinking about legislation to assure there is disclosure of all the findings and evidence in that investigation, in the event that Robert Mueller is, in fact, fired.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett