Trump mocks Democratic Sen. ‘Da Nang Dick’ Blumenthal and questions why he’s on the Senate Judiciary Committee after lying about serving in Vietnam

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Senator Richard Blumenthal on Monday, after the Connecticut Democrat helped introduce a bill to ensure special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is released to the public.

The president mockingly referred to Blumenthal as ‘Da Nang Dick’ as he questioned his position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Democrat lied about his military record in the Vietnam War.

‘How does Da Nang Dick (Blumenthal) serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee when he defrauded the American people about his so called War Hero status in Vietnam, only to later admit, with tears pouring down his face, that he was never in Vietnam. An embarrassment to our Country,’ Trump wrote.

Blumenthal, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, regularly referenced his supposed Vietnam service in the 2000s as he served as Connecticut attorney general.

The Senator reportedly said he ‘served during the Vietnam era’ when speaking at a Vietnam War memorial in 2008.

However he was never deployed to Vietnam, having served in the US Marine Corps Reserve, and later confessed that he had ‘misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility’.

Earlier in the day, Blumenthal, along with fellow Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, introduced legislation to ensure work by any special counsel appointed by the Justice Department, including Mueller, would be available to both Congress and the public.

The legislation would also require a report within two weeks if a special counsel is fired, resigned, or gets transferred.

‘A Special Counsel is appointed only in very rare serious circumstances involving grave violations of public trust. The public has a right and need to know the facts of such betrayals of public trust,’ Blumenthal said in a statement.

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