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Blumenthal Suing Trump Administration for Kavanaugh Documents

September 12, 2018 By Staff
Blumenthal Suing Trump Administration for Kavanaugh Documents

The senior senator, a former attorney general familiar with lawsuits, is suing the Trump administration over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's documents.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who’s making an all-out show of his opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court, will sue the Trump administration this week for access to Kavanaugh’s Bush-era documents.

The Hill reported:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told reporters that Democrats would file a “legal action” later this week to try to force the Trump administration to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that senators filed last month for Kavanaugh’s records.

“We are going to be going to court sometime this week to compel compliance with our FOIA request. … We intend to do whatever is necessary to enforce this action in court,” Blumenthal told reporters at a press conference in Connecticut.

Blumenthal added that he will be “leading that effort in filing legal action later this week.”

Blumenthal is no stranger to lawsuits – he was attorney general of the state for years and was known for his “litigious style.”

Blumenthal’s name is on one of the most notable lawsuits against President Donald Trump during Trump’s year-plus tenure in the White House. Blumenthal and other Democrats sued Trump for alleged violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause in June 2017. The Washington Post reported at the time:

Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress agreed to file a lawsuit Wednesday against President Trump alleging that by retaining interests in a global business empire he has violated constitutional restrictions on taking gifts and benefits from foreign leaders.

The lead senator filing the complaint in federal district court, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), said Tuesday that the lawsuit has already drawn more congressional plaintiffs — 196 — than any legal action previously taken against a president. No Republicans had joined in the lawsuit so far, although they will be invited to do so, Blumenthal said.

A federal judge dismissed that lawsuit in December 2017.