Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal Says Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Should Recuse Themselves from Any Decisions in Russia Investigation

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, suggested that President Trump’s pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court should recuse themselves from any potential court decisions that relate to the special prosecutor’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

“The president should not be permitted to appoint a justice who will decide whether or not he complies with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury or pardons himself,” Blumenthal said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “I believe that whoever is appointed ought to recuse himself and commit to recusing himself from those kinds of decisions that affect the personal finances or the special prosecutor investigation.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought an interview with Mr. Trump about his campaign’s connections to Russian nationals and potential efforts to obstruct justice while in office. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, has said that he would fight any attempt by Mueller to issue a grand jury subpoena and compel Mr. Trump’s testimony, which could set up a legal challenge that potentially makes its way to the Supreme Court.

Blumenthal also said that an upcoming meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 is “deeply alarming.”

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SOURCE: CBS News, Emily Tillett