Even before the Justice Department named former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, all three members of Vermont's congressional delegation said events in Washington this week highlighted the urgent need for an independent investigation into the issue.
Sen. Patrick Leahy says that a commission assembled by President Donald Trump to investigate the integrity of U.S. federal elections has “zero credibility” and is being led by an “extremist” who is also a “birther.”
Following news on Tuesday evening that President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation of possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders have renewed their calls for an independent investigation into the matter.
Saturday, April 29 marks 100 days since Donald Trump was sworn as the 45th president of the United States. VPR spoke to Vermont’s congressional delegation to get their thoughts on how the first three months of Trump’s presidency have gone.
Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's extremely concerned about the Trump Administration's policies with North Korea because he doesn't think the Administration has a well thought out strategy to discourage North Korea from developing a nuclear weapons missile system.
Responding to news of U.S. military strikes against government forces in Syria, Vermont’s Congressional delegation expressed the need for caution and Congressional involvement. But they didn’t voice opposition to the strikes.
Vermont's two U.S. senators are opposing Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to the Supreme Court. But the Senate is also on the verge of changing how it considers such controversial nominations in the future.
Sen. Patrick Leahy denounced the president's budget priorities, which would cut funding to environment and health research programs in order to increase defense spending. Leahy says budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency would have a direct impact in Vermont.
President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees have drawn heavy criticism from Democrats in the Senate, including from Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Bernie Sanders. As the Senate votes on the confirmation of Trump's nominees, VPR is tracking the Vermont senators' votes.
All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation strongly support a federal court ruling that rejects President Trump's attempt to reinstate a travel ban from seven predominately Muslim counties.