Confirmation Hearing for Deputy AG Turns into Proxy War for Special Prosecutor on Russia

by Laurel Raymond – Polling indicates a vast majority of the American public is behind Sen. Blumenthal’s position. Last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would recuse himself from investigations into alleged connections between Russian government operatives and the Trump campaign. Absent a special prosecutor, however, Sessions will be handing the baton to a subordinate — the deputy attorney general, another politically appointed position. The nominee for that position, Federal Prosecutor Rod Rosenstein, is slated to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation on Tuesday. Unless Rosenstein goes one step further than his future boss and pledges to appoint a special prosecutor, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is vowing to make the confirmation hearing a fight. Blumenthal elaborated at a press conference in Connecticut on Monday morning. “I believe strongly that a special prosecutor is necessary, in fact it is vital to not only uncover the truth about Russian interference into our...

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