Trump's Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch calls attacks on judiciary 'demoralizing'

Alicia WestFeb 12, 2017

Blumenthal (D-Conn.) disclosed Wednesday that Gorsuch called Trump's attacks on judges as "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

But Blumenthal said he did not misspeak about his conversation with Gorsuch, saying, "I have absolutely accurately stated what Judge Gorsuch said to me".

Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday she's "certainly impressed" with Judge Neil Gorsuch and she's confident he'll be an independent voice but that she wants to wait for his confirmation hearing before deciding whether to vote for him to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. "So ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record". Presidents, like any other citizens, have a right to criticize decisions of the courts, and Trump's predecessors have done so, sometimes in scathing terms.

Trump also attacked his credibility due to misleading statements Blumenthal made about his military service. He had said that he served "in" Vietnam, but he had actually never gone to Vietnam.

"On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility", he said in a 2010 news conference. He said the law clearly allowed a president to suspend entry of any class of people if he determined them to be a detriment to national security. "And he said to me that he found them "disheartening" and "demoralizing" - his words", according to the Post. "And he believes in an independent judiciary".

After U.S. District Judge James Robart declared a nationwide stay on the ban, the president tweeted about the "so-called judge" and even suggested that a future terrorist attack on the country could be blamed on Robart and the court system.

The temporary halt by Judge Robart, and a potential reversal by the court in favour of Mr Trump, would cause national whiplash for the millions of people in the USA and the seven countries who are affected by the travel ban. Trump called Robart a "so-called judge" and said his ruling "put our country in such peril".


Blumenthal stood by his remarks about the meeting.

Gorsuch's comments came at the end of a week of meetings with members of the Senate, which is considering his nomination.

Other senators, including Republican Sen.

Hours later, former Sen. The Democratic senator wrote that he repeatedly asked Gorsuch about his views on several landmark court cases during their meeting but that the judge refused to answer the questions.

The appeals court decision on whether to reinstate the ban, will be just a first step in a fast-moving case.The matter is likely to go to the US Supreme Court, which is ideologically split with four liberal justices and four conservatives pending Senate action on Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Gorsuch.

Trump's attacks were in response to Blumenthal's relaying of comments to reporters on Wednesday that the senator said were made by Gorsuch during a private meeting.

But Trump is denying that Gorsuch made any such criticisms. "Anyone can be disheartened, but the judge has refused to condemn the comments privately or publicly".

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