Richard Blumenthal

American politician Richard Blumenthal

Richard Blumenthal is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. Previously, he served as Attorney General of Connecticut. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Blumenthal is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. He studied for a year at Cambridge University in England before attending Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal On GOP Tax Bill
NPR - 2 months
Senate Republicans have passed their tax bill. NPR's David Greene talks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat of Connecticut, who says the bill will hurt everyday Americans.
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Senator: Trump's FBI attacks a sign of fear
CNN - 2 months
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says that President Trump's continuous attacks on the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller are "a sign of fear or apprehension."
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New Details: Manafort raid
Fox News - 6 months
Reporting by Catherine Herridge The FBI’s July raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Virginia home lasted 10 hours and involved a dozen federal agents, according to a source close to the investigation who described the raid as heavy-handed and designed to intimidate. The source—whose account was backed up by a second individual not authorized to speak on the record—said both Manafort and his wife were asleep when armed FBI agents entered the Alexandria, VA condo, without warning at about 6 o’clock in the morning, concluding the search by late afternoon. FOX News is told that agents copied his electronics through a process known in law enforcement circles as “mirroring” and agents collected records, including several documents marked “attorney-client” that included privileged material to prepare Manafort for congressional testimony. The FBI raid came the same week Manafort appeared before two senate committees, providing documents on a voluntary basis. ...
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Republican, Democratic senators seek answers in Wells auto scandal
Yahoo News - 7 months
By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators from both parties on Wednesday turned up the heat on Wells Fargo Inc. over its latest scandal, in which hundreds of thousands of car-loan borrowers were charged each month without their knowledge for collision insurance, which many of them did not need. The Republican chairs of the committee and the subcommittee that would head any congressional investigations into insurance sales, Senators John Thune and Jerry Moran, along with those panels' senior Democrats, Senators Bill Nelson and Richard Blumenthal, wrote to Wells CEO Timothy Sloan with questions about the scandal as basic as how many customers were affected. The group sent similar questions to Barry Karfunkel, CEO of National General Holdings Corporation, which provided the insurance.
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President Trump, who got five draft deferments, again attacks Sen. Blumenthal's military record
LATimes - 7 months
President Trump likes to taunt his enemies but he seems to have a special place in his Twitter thumb for Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat who was talking about the Russia investigation on CNN on Monday morning. Trump has mentioned Blumenthal in at least four other tweets, on two...
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Trump, Blumenthal exchange jabs
CNN - 7 months
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal called President Donald Trump out on Twitter for "bullying" after a Twitter attack from the President accused the senator of lying and being a "phony Vietnam con artist."
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The European Union Just Showed Democrats How To Take On Monopolies
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Blumenthal: If Sessions had 3rd, undisclosed Russian meeting, it 'could be perjury'
CNN - 9 months
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said if Attorney General Jeff Sessions did have a third, undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States, as CNN reported fired FBI Director James Comey told senators Thursday, it "could be perjury."
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Democrats Say Comey Firing Proves Need For Special Prosecutor On Russia
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Sen. Blumenthal on Syria policy: 'Russia is testing us'
CNN - 11 months
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Friday blamed Russia for Syria's links to chemical weapons, condemning Moscow for breaking an agreement to dispose of Syria's stock of deadly gas.
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Senators Put Pressure On Trump To Create Hate Crime Task Force
Huffington Post - 11 months
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Thirteen Democratic senators are calling on President Donald Trump to establish a task force to combat an increase in hate-inspired violence across the country.  Led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the senators sent a letter to the president on Monday in which they detailed a slew of recent high-profile hate crimes. Such incidents are “unacceptable” and “contrary to America’s foundational values of tolerance, respect, and freedom of religion,” they wrot...
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Americans Demand Lower Drug Prices: This Senate Bill Would Deliver
Huffington Post - 11 months
It is morally wrong that in the richest country in the world, at the richest point in our history, millions of Americans don’t take the medicines their doctors prescribe because they can’t afford them. Americans are facing a drug affordability crisis. Even among those with health insurance coverage, nearly one-third struggle to meet out-of-pocket costs, including the skyrocketing costs of critical and lifesaving prescription drugs. This is why it is so important that, today, the “Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act,” was introduced by Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-VT.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N. Mex.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). High drug prices don’t jus...
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Why Give Trump The Keys To War With Iran?
Huffington Post - 11 months
When Trump won the elections, many worried that it could lead to war between the United States and Iran, due to his desire to kill the Iran nuclear deal. Now, thanks to the U.S. Senate, we may be one step closer to this nightmare scenario: The Senate is poised to pass legislation that will place President Trump’s trigger-happy finger on the ignition switch of a deadly conflict with Iran. Introduced to coincide with the annual American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC) conference that concludes today, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S. 722) would give Trump new tools to violate the Iran nuclear deal. Perhaps most shockingly, a small group of Senate Democrats have joined Republicans to grant Trump some of the most dangerous authorities that would put the U.S. and Iran back on the path to war. The list of sponsors includes many of the usual suspects ― the consummate Iran hawks who worked to block Obama’s diplomacy with Iran and many of whom have sworn...
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  • 2016
    Age 70
    August Wolf, a former Olympian and current bond salesman, is the only declared candidate running as a Republican against Blumenthal in the 2016 Senate election.
  • 2015
    Age 69
    According to a pair of Quinnipiac polls on October 15, 2015, Blumenthal has a 34 percent lead over Kudlow and a 35 percent lead over August Wolf.
    In August 2015, economist Larry Kudlow threatened to run against Blumenthal if Blumenthal voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
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  • 2012
    Age 66
    In March 2012, Blumenthal and New York Senator Chuck Schumer gained national attention after they called upon Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to investigate practices by employers to require Facebook passwords for employee applicants and workers.
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  • 2011
    Age 65
    Blumenthal was sworn into the 112th United States Congress on January 5, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    In August 2010, Dodd was cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee, which found "no credible evidence" that he knowingly tried to use his status as a U.S. senator to receive loan terms not available to the public.
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    On May 17, 2010, prior to the Democratic convention, The New York Times published an article citing a speech delivered by Blumenthal in Norwalk, Connecticut in which he referred to having served "in Vietnam".
    In August 2010, Blumenthal called on the website to shut down the section permanently and take steps to eradicate prostitution ads from other parts of the site.
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    Blumenthal, leading a coalition of 39 states, subpoenaed Craigslist in May 2010 as part of an investigation into whether the site was taking sufficient action to curb prostitution ads and whether it was profiting from them.
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    After Sen. Chris Dodd announced on January 6, 2010 that he would retire at the end of his term, Blumenthal told the Associated Press that he would run in the election for Dodd's seat in November 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 62
    In 2008 the Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law a new terrorist surveillance bill including the telecom immunity provisions opposed by Blumenthal.
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    In March 2008, Blumenthal issued a letter to Craigslist attorneys demanding that the website cease allowing postings for erotic services, which he claimed promoted prostitution, and he accused the site of "turning a blind eye" to the problem. Blumenthal worked with Craigslist and a group of 40 attorneys general to create new measures on the site designed to thwart ads for prostitution and other illegal sexual activities. In April 2009, Craigslist came under the scrutiny of law enforcement agencies following the arrest of Philip H. Markoff (aka the "Craigslist Killer"), suspected of killing a 25-year-old masseuse he met through Craigslist at a Boston hotel.
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  • 2007
    Age 61
    In December 2007, Blumenthal filed suit against RJ Reynolds alleging that a 2007 Camel advertising spread in Rolling Stone magazine used cartoons in violation of the master tobacco settlement, which prohibited the use of cartoons in cigarette advertising because they entice children and teenagers to smoke.
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    In August 2007, Blumenthal, along with five other states and the District of Columbia, filed a report alleging that the federal settlement with Microsoft, and court-imposed Microsoft remedies, had failed to adequately reduce Microsoft's monopoly.
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  • 2006
    Age 60
    At Blumenthal's urging, MySpace installed a link to free blocking software (“K9 Web Protection”); however, in May 2006, Blumenthal announced that the site had failed to make the program easy to find and that it was not clearly labeled.
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    In March 2006, Blumenthal noted that more than seven incidents of sexual assault in Connecticut had been linked directly to MySpace contacts.
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    In November 2006, Blumenthal launched an antitrust investigation into the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA's) 2006 guidelines regarding the treatment of Lyme disease.
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    On October 2, 2006, Blumenthal launched an investigation concerning a botched reconstruction project of the Interstate 84 in Waterbury and Cheshire.
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  • 2004
    Age 58
    In 2004, Blumenthal sued Computer Plus Center of East Hartford and its owner, Gina Kolb, on behalf of the state.
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  • 2003
    Age 57
    In 2003 Blumenthal, along with former Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, and consumer advocates from Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire, opposed "the formation of a regional transmission organization (RTO) that would merge three Northeast and mid-Atlantic power operators, called Independent Service Operators (ISOs), into a single super-regional RTO."
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  • 2001
    Age 55
    In 2001, the federal appeals court agreed, but rather than breakup the company, sent the case to a new judge to hold hearings and determine appropriate remedies.
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  • 2000
    Age 54
    Despite this ruling, Blumenthal announced that he intended to pursue a separate 2000 lawsuit against the school's trustees filed on behalf of the State Department of Education.
  • 1999
    Age 53
    In September 1999, Blumenthal announced a lawsuit against Robin Barnes, the president and treasurer of New Haven-based charter school the Village Academy, for serious financial mismanagement of the state-subsidized charitable organization.
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  • 1998
    Age 52
    In May 1998, Blumenthal, along with attorneys general from 19 other states and the District of Columbia, filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft accusing the company of abusing its monopoly power to stifle competition.
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  • 1997
    Age 51
    In 1997, both Blumenthal and Governor John G. Rowland petitioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address interstate air pollution problems created from Midwest and southeastern sources.
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  • 1995
    Age 49
    In May 1995, Blumenthal and the state of Connecticut filed lawsuits challenging a decision by the Department of the Interior to approve a bid by the Mashantucket Pequots for the annexation of 165 acres of land in the towns of Ledyard, North Stonington and Preston.
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  • 1990
    Age 44
    Blumenthal was first elected as the 23rd Attorney General in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006.
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    He was elected state Attorney General in 1990, and served for twenty years.
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  • 1987
    Age 41
    In 1987, he won a special election to fill a vacancy in the 27th District of the Connecticut Senate, at the age of 41.
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  • 1984
    Age 38
    In 1984, when he was 38, Blumenthal was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 145th district.
    He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987, when he was elected to the Connecticut Senate.
  • 1982
    Age 36
    Before he became Attorney General, Blumenthal was a partner in the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, and subsequently in the law firm of Silver, Golub & Sandak. In December 1982, while still at Cummings & Lockwood, he created and chaired the Citizens Crime Commission of Connecticut, a private, non-profit organization.
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    In 1982, he married Cynthia Allison Malkin, daughter of real estate investor Peter L. Malkin and granddaughter of lawyer and philanthropist Lawrence Wien.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    At age 31, he became United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, serving from 1977 to 1981, and as the chief federal prosecutor of that state successfully prosecuted many major cases involving drug traffickers, organized crime, white collar criminals, civil rights violators, consumer fraud, and environmental pollution.
  • 1974
    Age 28
    Blumenthal's commanding officer in 1974 and 1975, Larry Baldino of Woodbridge, CT, addressed the misspeaking in a letter to the editor to the New Haven Register.
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  • 1970
    Age 24
    Blumenthal received several draft deferments during the Vietnam War before enlisting. He served in United States Marine Corps Reserve units in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut from 1970 to 1976.
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    From 1970 to 1976, Blumenthal served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he earned the rank of sergeant.
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  • 1946
    Age 0
    Born on February 13, 1946.
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