Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal dropped a thermonuclear bomb on Donald Trump Jr. during an appearance this week on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut discussed possible criminal charges confronting Donald Trump Jr. during a Monday night discussion with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
The two were discussing a pending bipartisan bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller. At the end of the conversation, Maddow turned her attention to the matter of individuals in Trump’s inner-circle being charged with lying to Congress.
She began telling Blumenthal,
[O]ne of the things that we`ve been watching from outside the Mueller investigation, trying to anticipate not only what he`s likely to do next but how his case is coming together as it relates to a larger scandal is that we`ve been watching as people are charged with lying to Congress. We`ve seen that with Roger Stone. We`ve seen that with Michael Cohen. We saw reference to lies to Congress in the Sam Patten indictment, as well.
Continuing, she asked Blumenthal — a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee — the status of hearing transcripts in regards to Mueller’s investigation:
One of the things we`ve been trying to track is whether or not witnesses who have testified in the Russia investigation and various committees before Congress, whether their testimony has been conveyed to the special counsel, whether Mueller`s office has received official transcripts from witness testimony in a way that might indicate that he`s considering potential similar charges against any other witnesses. Can you tell us if other Judiciary Committee witnesses have had their testimony sent over to Mueller, sent to the special counsel`s office as yet?
Blumenthal, responded that he was barred from stating whether any testimony had been sent to the special counsel. However, he had a lot to say about possible crimes associated with Congressional testimony. Of particular note is the fact that the only individual he cited by name was Don Jr.:
Very simply, Rachel, I`m barred from saying whether any testimony has been conveyed to the special counsel. But I can tell you this much, I was in the room when a great many of these witnesses appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee behind closed doors. I think many of them should be called back to testify in public and I hope that will be true of other congressional committees, as well, because behind closed doors, there was questions, serious issues concerning their truthfulness and that issue pertained particularly to Donald Trump Jr. in a number of contentions before our committee.
So, I think this common thread of lying to Congress and particularly to congressional committees may in snare a number of others potential targets in this special counsel`s investigation and become a matter of criminal action.
Blumenthal’s revelation is particularly noteworthy considering his distinquished legal career. Before he got into politics, Blumenthal served as the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut from 1977 to 1981 and served an unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General from 1991 to 2011.
As per his official bio,
Senator Blumenthal has personally argued several major cases in court, including his successful effort to uphold the Connecticut sex offender registry in the Supreme Court. He has fought and sued the federal government for failing to follow or enforce environmental laws and energy statutes, as well as imposing multimillion dollar unfunded mandates on local taxpayers under the No Child Left Behind Act.
You can watch the relevant portion of his Maddow interview in the clip, below, or you can click here to watch the full interview.
Sen. Blumenthal: "…behind closed doors, there arose in my mind, very clearly, questions, serious issues, concerning their truthfulness. And that issue pertained particularly to Donald Trump Jr. in a number of his contentions before our committee…" pic.twitter.com/mX9UZdgib5
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 29, 2019