Blumenthal on Russia: "We Are In A 9/11 National Emergency," "Our Country Is Under Attack"


BERMAN: So what are you going to do about this?

You brought up the translator. Do you think Republicans will actually allow a subpoena to be issued to get the translator to testify before Congress to say what went on behind closed doors?

BLUMENTHAL: Well, that is a key question John and my answer is that Republicans have a historic responsibility as do all of us because the red light is flashing, as the director of National Security Dan Coats put it, much as it was before 9/11.

We are in a 9/11 national emergency because our country is under attack, literally. That attack is ongoing and pervasive, verified by objective and verifiable evidence. Those words are, again, from the director of National Security.

And this 9/11 moment demands that we do come together. Issue a subpoena not only for the translator and the notes but also for the national security team that debriefed the president about these supposed agreements in the sphere of international security.

Again, a direct quote from the Russian news agency that says it's ready to enliven contacts. That word is of uncertain meaning.

But we need to move forward in the Congress not only on this issue but also to impose sanctions -- make the Russians pay a price. And also, to expose Putin's ill-gotten gains. His assets hidden well around the world --

BERMAN: There is a --

BLUMENTHAL: -- to name and shame.

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