• President Trump tore into Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Monday after the lawmaker was on CNN criticizing the administration’s crackdown on leaks, saying the Russia investigation “must be pursued” by both special counsel Robert Mueller — and the free press.

“Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!” Trump tweeted from his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. The president is spending the next two weeks there on what he insists is a working vacation while the White House undergoes renovations.

“Never in U.S. history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal,” Trump continued. “He told stories about his Vietnam battles and ……. conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?”