Trump attacks Blumenthal over Gorsuch comments - others confirm them
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 0:34
According to Blumenthal, Gorsuch - who was chosen by Trump for the Supreme Court - called the president's comments about a federal judge "demoralizing" and "disheartening". Ben Sasse (R-NE) also recounted Gorsuch condemning personal jabs at the judge, James Robart, whom Trump called a "so-called judge" after he placed a nationwide halt on the President's travel ban.
"If he wants the American people to believe that he is truly independent", the CT senator said, "Judge Gorsuch must tell them in no uncertain terms that President Trump's attacks are not just disappointing-they are abhorrent and destructive to our Constitutional system-and he must condemn them publicly".
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who is leading the White House team working to confirm Trump's pick, Gorsuch indeed used those words to describe "any criticism of a judge's integrity".
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"Much of Judge Gorsuch's extensive body of judicial and academic work is already publicly available, including the roughly 2700 cases he has participated in".
In his speech, Trump sought to link his comments about the court battle over his executive order to the law enforcement community in attendance. The Trump administration has appealed Robart's temporary restraining order. Richard Blumenthal "misrepresented" comments from Gorsuch, who expressed misgivings about the president's attacks on a judge.
The security order temporarily bars USA entry for refugees worldwide and immigrants from seven largely Muslim countries, until Trump's administration can make threat assessments for a permanent visa and travel policy.
The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of NY, also said Gorsuch told him he was "disheartened" by Trump's insult.
Trump then attacked Chris Cuomo of CNN, who interviewed Blumenthal about the Gorsuch meeting.
Gorsuch is meeting privately with senators on Capitol Hill all week.
TRUMP: "It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country".
"I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress", Obama said at that time.
Blumenthal did make misleading statements several years ago about his military service, saying he "served" in Vietnam, when in fact he was stationed in the US throughout his time in the Marine Reserves during the Vietnam War.
"Judge Gorsuch's record suggests that he is, indeed, willing to enforce the Constitution in cases where his political and constitutional views diverge", Rosen said, "and his record suggests that he will be able to reassure Democrats of his willingness to check President Trump if the Constitution requires it".
"Judge Gorsuch must do more than just say in private, behind closed doors, that he is disheartened by these attacks", Blumenthal said. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his courageous "service" in Vietnam.
"Did you ask him directly about the president's comments", Cooper asked, "or did he bring them up on his own?"