Trump Attacks Connecticut Senator On Twitter Over Russia Probe

Aaron Brown
August 8, 2017

At 7:32 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, President Trump proclaimed that despite the fact he's scheduled to spend the next two weeks away from the White House at his private golf club in New Jersey, he's still working hard.

While on vacation Monday, Trump fired off several tweets about Blumenthal, calling him a "phony Vietnam con artist" for claiming he "served in Vietnam" when he did not. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and....

The president was reacting to Blumenthal's comments on Russian Federation and his expressed concern over the Department of Justice stepping up its focus on rooting out administration officials who leak information damaging to Trump.

Earlier Monday, Blumenthal appeared on CNN to express concern over the Department of Justice's probe into those leaking classified information.

Trump called the Russian Federation story a "hoax" and accused the senator of lying and being a "phony Vietnam con artist".

Blumenthal says he was moved to craft the law by the plight of Connecticut World War II veteran and purple heart recipient Robert Matava who was defrauded by his own son.

In 2010, Blumenthal, when he was serving as Connecticut's attorney general, admitted that he had "misspoken" about his service during Vietnam.

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"The president, meanwhile, also railed against the "#fake news on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO". "I take full responsibility, but I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of military service", said Blumenthal in CT newspaper The Day at the time.

Why has Trump targeted Blumenthal?

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Trump has unleashed another Twitterstorm, this one directed at Sen. "Going to NY next week for more meetings", he tweeted.

He did serve in the Marine Corps Reserve in the 1970s and in 010, he clarified that he served "during" the Vietnam War.

Following Trump's rant, the senator responded, criticizing the president for bullying.

He continued: "This issue isn't about me - it's about the Special Counsel's independence and integrity".

Blumenthal, the Times reported, "obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records". In February, Trump accused Blumenthal of misrepresenting remarks that Neil Gorsuch, then a nominee for the Supreme Court, made to the senator concerning Trump's attempts to delegitimize a federal judge.

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