Blumenthal, Former AG, to FTC Nominees: Go Beyond Your “Legal Jurisdiction”February 14, 2018
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:
YOWSERS! @SenBlumenthal just closed the #FTC nomination hearing by candidly admitting that Democrats had nominated Rohit Chopra, a non-lawyer, to the FTC, a law enforcement agency, to be a populist "champion"
— Berin Szóka (@BerinSzoka) February 14, 2018
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.
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