Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is proposing legislation that would stop the president from firing the special counsel investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Mueller is investigating Russia's meddling during the election and whether there were any links to the Trump campaign.
Blumenthal, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee and likely is privy to classified information regarding the multiple investigations taking place in the Senate, House and by Robert Mueller, stated the following in a press conference following Trump's attacks on him.
Monday morning, Trump took exception to Blumenthal's comments and unleashed a series of tweets. Richard Blumenthal for his Vietnam war "lies" after Blumenthal brought up "potential collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia Monday.
"Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal", Trump wrote on Twitter shortly Blumenthal's appearance. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and.... Now he judges collusion?'
Trump's description of the senator as a "Vietnam con artist" was seemingly a reference to speeches Blumenthal made implying he had served in Vietnam.
The former CT attorney general got elected anyway.
"That investigation must be pursued", Blumenthal said.
Following Trump's rant, the senator responded, criticizing the president for bullying. In 1970, he got a spot in the Marine Reserve, which allowed him to avoid going to Vietnam, the New York Times reported in 2010. At the time, Blumenthal told the newspaper that he had "misspoken" about his service. Trump unleashed another tweet suggesting that Blumenthal take a "long vacation" in Vietnam, "so he can at least say he was there". And adding, "This issue isn't about me - it's about the Special Counsel's independence and integrity".
A representative from Blumenthal's office said the tweets were standing as the Senator's response.
According to the military records, the president received five deferments of his own during the Vietnam war, with three for medical reasons and two educational.