WASHINGTON — In a potentially major breach of Washington political etiquette, Sen. Richard Blumenthal learned Wednesday that although he is a Senate Judiciary Committee member, he would not get a meeting with President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, before confirmation hearings scheduled for next week.
“William Barr’s refusal to meet with Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee is entirely unprecedented and unacceptable,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “The Department of Justice’s attempt to excuse this gross break in the norms by citing a ‘truncated schedule’ is galling when they are the ones who have rushed it. My Republican colleagues should share my outrage at this appalling violation of the Senate’s independent authority.”
This from there very same prima donna who loudly refused to meet with Brett Kavanaugh when the nominee was making the same round of courtesy calls to senators. “Well, sure”, Blumenthal told FWIW, “but that’s because they asked me to listen to him, and gave me the opening to tell them to piss up a rope — boy, did the newspapers love that! This time, they didn’t have the courtesy to offer me that opportunity, so yeah, of course I’m mad as Hell. Who do they think they are?”