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Blumenthal, Former AG, to FTC Nominees: Go Beyond Your “Legal Jurisdiction”

February 14, 2018 By Staff
Blumenthal, Former AG, to FTC Nominees: Go Beyond Your “Legal Jurisdiction”

The former attorney general, and current U.S. senator, of Connecticut asked federal nominees to go beyond their "legal jurisdiction" to become 'advocates.'

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a former attorney general in the state who, theoretically, has a deep understanding of the law, encouraged nominees for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to go “beyond your narrow legal jurisdiction” during a hearing on Wednesday.

TechFreedom’s Berin Szóka pointed out Blumenthal’s comments in a tweet:

According to the C-SPAN clip of Blumenthal at the hearing (start at 2:29:50), the senator appeared to be addressing all FTC nominees, rather than just Rohit Chopra.

Still, it’s an extraordinary comment from Blumenthal: he’s encouraging unelected, federal appointees to go “beyond” their “legal jurisdiction” to be populist advocates.

Wednesday’s hearing was a confirmation hearing on four FTC nominees, according to Politico‘s Morning Tech.