Blumenthal to vote against William Barr confirmation

Blumenthal to vote against William Barr confirmation
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced on Monday that he would vote against the confirmation of William Barr, President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE’s attorney general nominee.

“I will vote against his nomination in committee on Thursday,” Blumenthal said in a press release. Blumenthal is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote on Barr’s confirmation Thursday.

Blumenthal was particularly concerned about whether Barr would release the results of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

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“The defining question for me was his declining to commit to release the Special Counsel’s report fully and completely,” Blumenthal said. “He chose not to make the commitment to release that report completely and directly to Congress and the American people.”

Blumenthal said he believed that the attorney general should serve the people, not the president.

“Will Mr. Barr be the people’s lawyer or the President’s lawyer?” he questioned.

The previous attorney general, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage House gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE, resigned in November. He said in his resignation letter that Trump asked him to resign. Trump had previously attacked Sessions for recusing himself from the Mueller probe. 

Barr’s nomination is expected to pass the committee vote, where Republicans hold a two-seat majority. Republicans also have 53 Senate seats. If he passes the committee vote, Barr will become attorney general unless all Democrats and at least four Republicans vote against his confirmation.