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Blumenthal Differs with Holder on Transparency

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In all the years I covered Richard Blumenthal as Connecticut Attorney General and later Senator, I can't recall him ever holding an off the record meeting with reporters. That’s exactly what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder did this past week regarding the Associated Press scandal.

During a taping of Face the State set to air this Sunday on WFSB Channel 3, I asked Blumenthal what he thought of Holder’s actions.
“In my view everything should be on the record….public officials ought to be open and transparent.”

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Blumenthal said he was very concerned and stunned by the revelations that the Justice Department was essentially spying on reporters, and characterized the feds’ moves as a chilling effect on journalists. He also weighed on whether the state should limit access to information in the Newtown school massacre.

I asked Blumenthal whether he supports a move by some state lawmakers to limit public access to information regarding the Newtown massacre.

DH: Do you support the move at the state capitol to keep some of the information private, limit the freedom of information to reporters have had?

RB: I would not impose any general kind of ban on revealing information. I think it has to be a case by case piece of information by piece of information. I’m very sympathetic to the families of Newtown and I think there ought to be some protection for them, but any sort of sweeping or broad general kind of restrictions on the free flow of information I think is a bad precedence.”

We also discussed immigration, Sandy Hook, rail safety, and Hillary Clinton. Watch the segment right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8951076

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