Richard Blumenthal

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It may seem to many like a baby step, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and this one could well be important in breaking the ice of complicity that has paralyzed Congress.feedback
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Nov 15 2017
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Nov 05 2017

Only after a thorough investigation can Americans be sure Secretary Ross really has their best interests at heart.feedback

Nov 03 2017

Removing the unwarranted shield from legal responsibility will save countless children from horrific tragedy, both physical and emotional.feedback

Nov 02 2017

He needs to clarify his testimony before our committee. There were questions that elicited exactly the kind of information that the Papadopoulos plea agreement made.feedback

Nov 01 2017

There's a lot of disquiet and concern about the possibility the president could do something impulsive and misguided. I think right now they're dealing with the shock and awe of the indictments and conviction. I think they have yet to focus on responding with any sort of action. But I think that we need to push ahead with this legislation and seek to put the president on notice that there will be a firestorm ... unlike anything we've seen since the Watergate Saturday Night Massacre.feedback

Oct 30 2017

Federal courts have again beat back the sinister specter of discrimination bred within the Trump White House. This court order will allow our transgender troops to continue serving based on their ability to fight, train, and deploy – regardless of gender identity.feedback

Oct 26 2017

I need to be able to look families in the eye and explain what our mission is, what mistakes were made in this incident, who made them and why.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Russia

The American people deserve a public investigation.feedback

Oct 22 2017

It's less than a pittance in the federal budget. It's not even a fraction of a rounding error and has broad ramifications and impact on the law enforcement community.feedback

Oct 22 2017 - Facebook

What should alarm the American people is the brazen exploitation and distortion of popular opinion by a hostile foreign power amounting really to an attack on our democracy. This attempt to disrupt our elections by surreptitiously targeting voters in certain places with certain backgrounds and views is clear threat to our democratic process, so Americans should be as alarmed about it as they would be an act of war.feedback

Oct 12 2017

There are serious and alarming questions that need to be answered. There has been research on both sides, and the point is to have the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has an official responsibility, determine the safety and health effects.feedback

Oct 12 2017

I have no clear sense of what the deadline may be.feedback

Oct 09 2017 - Youtube

If Vladimir Putin is using Facebook or Google or Twitter to, in effect, destroy our democracy, the American people should know about it.feedback

Oct 07 2017

That's a tremendous ramp-up.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Fiat Chrysler

I think it's a highly dangerous and deceptive dodge. It's typical N.R.A. evasion and avoidance of reality; the simple, stark political fact is there is growing support for a ban, a complete prohibition.feedback

Oct 04 2017

Mr. President, you're visiting Las Vegas today. I hope you will provide leadership and at the very least back a bill that stops these killer accelerators.feedback

Oct 03 2017

We need the military to play a major role, providing trucks, helicopters, and other needs. It has to play a major role because the situation is different with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; they don't have the resources. So the military will have to do more than it normally would on the mainland because of the unprecedented devastation on the islands.feedback

Oct 02 2017

If not now, when? When I saw this horrific tragedy unfolding this morning my heart broke but my stomach churned with anger because Congress has been complicit in failing to act.feedback

Oct 02 2017

I am more than frustrated, I am furious.feedback

Oct 02 2017

The nation's conscience must be galvanized.feedback

Sep 20 2017

There were regular, scheduled flights to these locations at the times he was traveling. His predecessors flew commercial, and he certainly seems no busier than they were, and certainly no more deserving of special treatment. I think these practices are potentially improper and perhaps illegal and should be investigated by the inspector general.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Facebook

There is much stronger agreement among me and my colleagues that there needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google.feedback

Sep 09 2017

Airlines certainly have a right to a reasonable return for services rendered and vagaries in pricing are to be expected; but airlines have no right to impose exorbitant, unfair prices on Americans simply trying to get out of harm's way.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

There certainly are a lot of areas that are opening for future witnesses, and questioning.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

Think of it more like a preparation for the trial, much like a deposition, where a witness may be asked questions, and we can use his answers to potentially impeach him when he testifies at the public hearing – in other words, to contradict him. And so the use of the transcript, and I hope the public disclosure of it, will inform the public and enable us to conduct the hearing more effectively.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

My worst fears, among them, are that this meeting may have been a prelude or an overture to more coordinated activities involving collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians in their interference in our election, and that after there was obstruction of justice, which is very much front and center and involves also following the money.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Trump Presidency

Anything that enables us to hear from witnesses who know about Russian meddling and Trump campaign conspiracies to aid it is welcome.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility. But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Afghanistan

Your bullying hasn't worked before and it won't work now. No one is above the law.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Twitter

Politicizing the Department of Justice for personal ends, I think, is a disservice to the law, and it's also potentially a violation of the spirit of the First Amendment.feedback

Jul 29 2017

He makes it clear to people that the opposition is about Medicaid cuts for the middle class and working class, not just the poor. It's about opioid treatments, not just reproductive rights.feedback

Jul 28 2017

The kind of discipline that he is going to bring is important. I hope that we're at a turning point now.feedback

Jul 22 2017

If these reports are corroborated they are clearly damaging to Jeff Sessions, in fact devastating. They demonstrate he was clearly untruthful in his confirmation hearing.feedback

Jul 13 2017

As in so many areas, the promise to drain the swamp has been an extraordinary hypocrisy. Many of his appointees have deep commitments to the tobacco industry. Tobacco industry influence in Washington is pervasive, in many different ways. They have an active presence on the Hill, they meet frequently with administrative agencies, on hugely significant issues such as regulation of e-cigarettes, tobacco packaging and warnings.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Russia

A security clearance entitles Jared Kushner to full access to the most secret and potentially significant information about our national defense and security, the identity of our agents who may be operating in countries like Russia. It's the keys to the kingdom in terms of our nation's crown jewels.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - AT&T

(The White House) is ethically and morally barred from intervening. The mere threat of it is a very serious potential violation of ethics.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - American politics

Every Member of Congress who plans to support this bill needs to imagine looking a veteran in the eye and telling them why their mental-health care for PTS (post-traumatic stress) has been halted, or why they can no longer afford treatment for traumatic brain injury sustained while serving their country.feedback

Jun 28 2017

Well, our criminal justice system is desperately in need of reform, linked in a certain way to the drug abuse issues. There's just a lot of people in prison right now who are in no way dangerous, and there are a lot of people on the streets who are very dangerous. And we need to make sure that the dangerous people are behind bars and that we enable a better path for the non-dangerous people.feedback

Jun 28 2017

He and I both lived through it. We saw that it doesn't work. We thought it would and it doesn't. I was an advocate and we need to learn from experience. Mandatory minimum seemed like a great idea at the time, the toughest prosecutors I know think differently now. They've seen how in practice, it doesn't work. Things that seem viable and valuable in theory, sometimes in practice simply don't work.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Trumpcare

The wheeling and dealing will be to tried to buy votes essentially, not in a nefarious way, but simply politically try to make the bill more palatable. I still regard this fight to stop the bill as uphill, because they have the majority. And as long as the majority leader can command dollars as well as persuasion, he has a path forward.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Republican Party

The combination of secrecy and speed are a toxic recipe.feedback

Jun 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

By failing to release his tax returns – reflecting payments and benefits from foreign powers – President Trump is thumbing his nose at the American people and the Constitution. He is violating the Constitution by accepting foreign government payments and benefits without consent from Congress – which can't consent to what it doesn't know.feedback

Jun 16 2017

There's a real danger here that this kind of legislating is going to become the new normal.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

The president's failure to tell us about these emoluments, to disclose the payments and benefits that he is receiving, mean that we cannot do our job. We cannot consent to what we don't know.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

The framers gave Congress a unique role, a unique right and responsibility.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

The truth is we have no clue about the president's investors. How much is Russian money? What we are seeking first and foremost is disclosure. We cannot consent to what we don't know.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

The effort to suppress it, to smear Mueller, to call it a 'witch hunt,' is part of a calculated and orchestrated effort, in my view, to undermine justice and the credibility of this investigation.feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

They see their life's work crumbling, because they see a president taking a sledgehammer to really complex aspects of policy. They realize there's pros and cons and conflicting interests, and they've tried to reach compromises that he just impulsively destroys because it was a good campaign slogan.feedback

May 29 2017 - Trump Presidency

There is mounting evidence of obstruction of justice. The special counsel must pursue all the evidence.feedback

May 17 2017

Bob Mueller has the experience and expertise, the guts and backbone, to ensure the independence of this investigation.feedback

May 17 2017 - Watergate

There is a second way, and that was the procedure that was established right after Watergate.feedback

May 17 2017 - Russia

The memo is powerful evidence of obstruction of justice and certainly merits immediate and prompt investigation by an independent special prosecutor.feedback

May 16 2017

We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time.feedback

May 16 2017 - Russia

In the opinion of many intelligence committee members, there is a jeopardy to our national security because disclosure about this laptop plot, including the city where it was detected, in ISIS territory, could jeopardize lives or sources. And it also threatens our credibility in dealing with partners and allies, who provide extraordinarily valuable and sensitive information. There may be no law broken, but the rules and norms have clearly been crossed here. Those transcripts would reveal whether classified information was shared with the Russians.feedback

May 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have to say yes simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense. And I say it with sadness and reluctance.feedback

May 16 2017 - American politics

Prosecuting 101: if you think evidence exists, put a subpoena on it. If the party says it doesn't exist, and in fact it turns out later it does, there are criminal penalties.feedback

May 15 2017 - Sanctions

There are penalties for improperly and perhaps illegally disclosing classified information. And they may not apply directly to the president, but there are ultimately sanctions that apply to presidents as well. No one is above the rule of law in this country.feedback

May 15 2017 - Republican Party

Whoever is nominated to be FBI director should have no political background, should have, obviously, expertise and experience in criminal justice, preferably as a prosecutor. And should certainly take no loyalty oath to the president.feedback

May 15 2017 - Watergate

Not since Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened and our faith in the independence and integrity of those systems so shaken.feedback

May 12 2017

There is so much that smacks of obstruction of justice that is swirling around this dismissal and the meetings that preceded it. The exchange that took place with Comey, whichever version you believe, raises very, very serious questions about attempts to pressure an FBI director investigating wrongdoing potentially implicating the president.feedback

May 12 2017

Prejudging the results of any inquiry now is premature. Right now, the important point is to follow the evidence, to pursue every investigative lead and every potential witness diligently and promptly, and – I just might add this point – providing the resources that are needed.feedback

May 11 2017 - Russia

If you believe the president did nothing wrong, that is all the more reason why you should want an independent prosecutor. Then a decision against prosecuting the president would be all the more plausible.feedback

May 11 2017

I would oppose confirmation of a new FBI director until there is support for a special prosecutor.feedback

May 10 2017 - Russia

I feel strongly that the credibility and independence of this investigation require a special prosecutor.feedback

May 10 2017

We face a looming constitutional crisis.feedback

May 10 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

What we have now is really a looming constitutional crisis that is deadly serious.feedback

May 09 2017 - Watergate

The need for a special prosecutor is now crystal clear. President Trump has catastrophically compromised the FBI's ongoing investigation of his own White House's ties to Russia. The only way to restore faith in a non-political, non-partisan FBI is to appoint an independent special prosecutor.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Fake news

The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying 'Mr. Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov. 14.' We spoke at length yesterday!feedback

Apr 06 2017 - SCOTUS

We are going to continue fighting for a woman's right to determine her reproductive decisions. We're going to continue fighting for same-sex couples and [and their right to] marry the person they love. We're going to continue fighting for the workers who go to their jobs every day and they expect to be safe and come home to their wives and children.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - SCOTUS

There's a reason they call it the nuclear option, and that is because there's fallout. And this fallout will be dangerously and perhaps disastrously radioactive for the Senate for years to come.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Supreme Court

The independence of our judicial branch has never been more threatened or more important. The possibility of the Supreme Court needing to enforce a subpoena against the president of the United States is far from idle speculation.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - SCOTUS

We must assume that Judge Gorsuch has passed the Trump litmus test – a pro-life, pro-gun, conservative judge. In question after question, Judge Gorsuch had an opportunity to distance himself from right-wing groups. His refusal to answer only deepens the doubt that he is not a neutral follower of the law – an umpire who just calls balls and strikes – but instead an acolyte of hard-right special interests.feedback

Mar 31 2017

Today, we still know very little about Judge Gorsuch's core beliefs ... he has left us with substantial doubt.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Planned Parenthood

With all due respect, Your Honor, we're doing more than splitting hairs here, because words matter. And the words of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito were different than yours. Asking you to agree that these results were correct, I think is a relevant and important question. And your declining to do so – I respect your reasons, but I think that it speaks volumes, with all due respect.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Planned Parenthood

Let me invoke your beliefs as a commentator. Do you believe it was the right result, based on your understanding of law – not your personal beliefs about whether contraceptives are a good thing or a bad thing, but your beliefs about the constitutional underpinning, the right to privacy, the Fourth Amendment, substantive due process, underpinning of Griswold versus Connecticut, was it the right result?feedback

Mar 29 2017

There are a lot of issues where we can work together, if they are willing to truly be open to Democratic proposals.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - SCOTUS

Millions and millions of women who had apprehensions about Roe v. Wade and whether you would vote to overturn it will find very little basis for confidence.feedback

Mar 23 2017

This resolution is a direct attack on consumer rights, on privacy, on rules that afford basic protection against intrusive and illegal interference with consumers' use of social media sites and websites that often they talk for granted.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - SCOTUS

Isn't that reference by the President – to a so-called judge – isn't his attack on the same judges who struck down that order as plain politics… isn't that an attack on the judiciary, on its integrity?feedback

Mar 22 2017 - SCOTUS

Anyone', including the President of the United States?feedback

Mar 21 2017 - SCOTUS

Senator, I can't comment on specific cases. And I can't get involved in politics. I've gone as far as I can go ethically.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Supreme Court

We meet this week in a looming constitutional crisis. Just hours ago, not far from here, the director of the FBI revealed that his agency is investigating potential ties between President Trump's associates and Russian meddling in our election. The possibility of the Supreme Court needing to enforce a subpoena against the president is no longer idle speculation.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Supreme Court

We meet this week in a looming constitutional crisis. Just hours ago, not far from here, the director of the FBI revealed that his agency is investigating potential ties between Pres. Trump's associates and Russian meddling in our election. The possibility of the Supreme Court needing to enforce a subpoena against the president is no longer idle speculation.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - SCOTUS

The president has gravely undermined it and that is why I believe you have a special responsibility here this week, which is to advocate and defend the independence of our judiciary against those kinds of attacks.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - SCOTUS

Neil Gorsuch may act like a neutral, calm judge. But his record and his career show he harbors a right-wing, pro-corporate, special-interest agenda.feedback

Mar 19 2017

Roe v. Wade certainly fits that description, and that kind of out-of-the-mainstream thinking will cause me to filibuster and use every tool I have at my disposal to block his nomination.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - SCOTUS

The high burden of proof that Judge Gorsuch has to meet is largely a result of the president who nominated him.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Democratic Party

The right wing, very purposely and methodically, has built a stable of nominees that fit their ideological profile, and it's been a national movement, well organized and strategized. Frankly, I think the progressives of the Democratic Party have been less vigilant and vigorous than the right.feedback

Mar 13 2017

It's a fascinating process because clearly he has strengths in intellect and articulateness that make him an appealing candidate. But – and it's a big 'but' – what are his core beliefs?feedback

Mar 09 2017

This astonishing admission is more appalling evidence of foreign entanglements and conflicts of interest involving the Trump team.feedback

Mar 09 2017

This President's conflicts of interest are creeping into every corner of the world. The consequence is that he has done nothing to counter Chinese currency manipulation, trade rules violations, military buildup, and other aggressive Chinese actions. Standing up for a great America means putting our nation before personal profit.feedback

Mar 07 2017

I say so with some sadness and regret because of my respect for you, but this issue of principle is so profoundly important. Only you – only you – have the power to appoint a special prosecutor.feedback

Mar 07 2017

We are in an extraordinary time, careening toward a constitutional crisis with the intelligence agencies in complete agreement that the Russians launched a massive attack on our democracy.feedback

Mar 07 2017

This situation is extraordinary, and he is a professional career prosecutor who knows that there is a need – who should know, should know – there is a need for independence and protection from political influence here.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Wiretapping

I'll use every possible tool to block DOJ Deputy AG nominee unless he commits to appoint independent special prosecutor.feedback

Mar 03 2017

He certainly made a seemingly false statement.feedback

Mar 03 2017

I'd like him to explain what was said during that Sept. 8th meeting. Remember, it was at the height of the campaign season during a time of widespread reports of Russian interference in our election, and possible complicity and connection between the Trump campaign and the Russians.feedback

Mar 03 2017

For him to correct that record and avoid a perjury prosecution if one is required under the record right now. The question of the FBI investigation will concern whether or not perjury was committed in the Judiciary Committee.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Watergate

I'd like him to explain what was said during that September 8 meeting. And what came of it, and also what other meetings there may have been, because if he misled us as to that meeting, what other meetings might he also have failed to disclose?feedback

Feb 09 2017

I've been in public life for quite a while. Anyone who is interested can go back over it.feedback

Feb 09 2017

You can repeat that. You can quote me.feedback

Feb 09 2017

He needs to condemn Donald Trump's attacks publicly and it needs to be much stronger, more explicit and direct than has been done so far. Unless it is done publicly in a clear condemnation, it will not establish his independence.feedback

Feb 09 2017

After some back and forth, he did say that he found them to be disheartening and demoralizing.feedback

Feb 09 2017 - Supreme Court

If he wants the American people to believe that he is truly independent, Judge Gorsuch must tell them in no uncertain terms that President Trump's attacks are not just disappointing – they are abhorrent and destructive to our Constitutional system – and he must condemn them publicly.feedback

Feb 09 2017 - SCOTUS

As the nominee of a President who has viciously attacked the independence of the judiciary and declared multiple litmus tests for justices, Judge Gorsuch has a special responsibility to reassure the American people that he will be an open-minded and independent jurist.feedback

Feb 08 2017

It needs to be a strong condemnation and that kind of public condemnation is important to establish his independence. Otherwise, the American public will conclude that he is more likely to be a rubber stamp.feedback

Jan 31 2017

I want to salute Sally Yates, who has taken a stand based on moral and legal principle in the highest tradition of the Department of Justice, saying that these orders cannot be defended; that the rule of law and morality is more important than the politics of the moment, and the impulsive edicts of a ruler who apparently fails to understand that law, or at least his administration does.feedback

Jan 09 2017

It will come down to his independence, which is an essential, absolute prerequisite for an attorney general. Sessions "has to be able to stand up to the president and say no.feedback

Oct 27 2016 - AT&T

The merger here is very different from NBC and Comcast in this respect: It involves wireless, it's a national platform and it involves more than one platform. It's several platforms, whereas Comcast and NBC really involved one platform and it was limited to certain parts of the country.feedback

Oct 27 2016 - AT&T

Consumer protection and antitrust enforcement never has been and never should be a partisan issue.feedback

Sep 28 2016

Fifteen years after that tragedy we are still learning the facts, but there is mounting evidence that the Saudi government or at least organizations and operatives within the Saudi government aided and abetted one of the most massive crimes in the United States.feedback

Aug 17 2016

If they run into this kind of massive meltdown, travelers ought to be reimbursed and refunded, no questions asked, or given the opportunity to rebook on that airline or another airline without any limit on time or additional costs.feedback

Aug 02 2016

It's a desperately serious problem.feedback

Jul 15 2016

While the pages do not reach a conclusion regarding Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks, they provide more than enough evidence to raise serious concerns.feedback

May 16 2016

Without charges for checking their bags, passengers will be far less likely to carry them on, which snarls screening checkpoints and slows the inspection process.feedback

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