President Donald Trump blasted Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Twitter referring to him as “Da Nang Dick” and doubting his readiness to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the wake of decade-old allegations of stolen valor related to Blumenthal’s false claim that he fought in the Vietnam war, Fox News informed.
“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,” wrote Trump, who added that Blumenthal was, “An embarrassment to our Country!”
It is not clear what triggered Trump’s tweet. On Monday, Blumenthal and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, brought up a bill that would require Special Counsel Robert Mueller to send a report to Congress and the public when his probe into alleged collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign concludes. The bill also would require a report within two weeks if a special counsel is fired, transferred or resigns.
Blumenthal often mentioned his supposed Vietnam service in the 2000s, when he was Connecticut attorney general.
In 2010, Blumenthal admitted that he had “misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility.”
Grassley and Blumenthal are both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Grassley is a former chairman of the panel. Both men backed the bill last year to protect Mueller’s job. The bill, approved by the Judiciary Committee in April, would allow any fired special counsel to seek a judicial review within 10 days of removal and put into law Justice Department regulations that a special counsel can be fired only for a good cause.
“A special counsel is appointed only in very rare serious circumstances involving grave violations of public trust,” Blumenthal said. “The public has a right and need to know the facts of such betrayals of public trust.”