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Blumenthal, Trump trade Twitter barbs over Russian investigation

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal and President Donald Trump. (File photos) Sen. Richard Blumenthal and President Donald Trump. (File photos)

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal discussed a bill on Monday meant to limit presidential power while exchanging barbs with the president.

During an 11:30 a.m. news conference, Blumenthal said the bill is meant to stop President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into potential ties between the president's campaign and Russia.

This comes as Blumenthal was once again the target of a Twitter rant by Trump. 

Blumenthal appeared on CNN to discuss the investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Monday morning, Trump took exception to Blumenthal's comments and unleashed a series of tweets.

"Interesting to watch Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist," Trump tweeted. "Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Sen. Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?"

Blumenthal responded.

"They are slurs and I’m not going to be distracted or bullied by them," Blumenthal said after he took to social media. 

Blumenthal said the issue isn't about him. It's about the special counsel's independence and integrity.

"I’m going to let the facts, as they’ve been established, speak for themselves," Blumenthal said at a news conference on Monday. "I’m not going to be distracted. The special counsel legislation is all the more important in light of these bullying slurs."

This wasn't the first time Trump took aim at Blumenthal and the senator's Vietnam claims.

The two exchanged barbs over the firing of ex-FBI director James Comey back in May.

The firing came as Comey and the FBI were investigating the same issue, potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

When Blumenthal questioned the decision during an interview and called for an independent prosecutor to look into it, Trump took to Twitter to call Blumenthal's Vietnam claims "one of the greatest military frauds in U.S. history."

"I have misspoken about my service and I regret that and I take full responsibility," Blumenthal previously told Eyewitness News. 

When asked about potential damage his clashes with the president may have on our state when it comes to federal funding, Blumenthal said he wouldn’t stop. 

"I would hope that Connecticut will receive its fair share of any funding and I will fight for that fair share," Blumenthal said. "I believe that we can put aside any criticisms or differences we have."  

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