Did Neil Gorsuch call Donald Trump's judiciary comments 'disheartening' and 'demoralizing'?

Feb 14, 2017, 00:41
Did Neil Gorsuch call Donald Trump's judiciary comments 'disheartening' and 'demoralizing'?

Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to condemn the Friday order by Judge James Robart that placed on hold the president's January 27 temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and on all refugees.

He tweeted on the matter again before the meeting of police chiefs and sheriffs, saying the USA could not have the security to which it was entitled if the court found in favour of maintaining the travel ban's suspension.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT told reporters about Gorsuch's comments after meeting privately Wednesday with Trump's first United States high court nominee.

Blumenthal told the press about Gorsuch's criticism of Trump. Ayotte is helping guide Gorsuch through his meetings with senators. Gorsuch has refused to discuss with senators substantive questions that might say something about his views on Trump's actions, such as Gorsuch's views on the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which Trump seems clearly to have violated.

A Republican appointed to guide the nomination through the Senate, Ron Bonjean, confirmed that Gorsuch used those words when he met Blumenthal. The exchange between Gorsuch and Blumenthal, who serves on the Judiciary panel that will hold the judge's confirmation hearing, comes after demands from Senate Democrats that Gorsuch demonstrate his willingness to be an independent jurist and a check on potential abuses of power from the executive branch. Trump wrote in a Twitter post.

Trump nominated Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Blumenthal said that in his meeting with Gorsuch, the federal judge said Trump's criticism was "demoralizing and disheartening".

Gorsuch has not made any public comment on the matter.

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Trump on February 4 criticised a federal judge who blocked his travel ban as a "so-called judge".

The senator later said he had used "misplaced words" about his Vietnam service but never meant to deceive voters.

The president has repeatedly said people are "pouring in" since the ban was put on hold and suggested that blocking the order would be unsafe for USA citizens.

"In Trump's world there's a precedent where he believes a judge of Mexican heritage can't fairly judge his case", said longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson.

Earlier in the day, Trump continued his days-long crusade against the judicial branch, after a Seattle judge halted his controversial executive order barring immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump also has suggested that, by subjecting his order to legal and constitutional scrutiny, the judicial system might be putting the nation at risk. But most Senate Democrats are lining up to oppose Mr Gorsuch's nomination and may even stage a rare filibuster to complicate his path to the bench of America's highest court.

"I think President Trump is going to harm both Judge Gorsuch's chances at confirmation and his standing as president if he continues to undermine the independence of the judiciary", Democratic Senator Chris Coons told CNN on Thursday.

Schumer's article echoes Blumenthal's comments, also on Thursday's "Morning Joe", that Gorsuch explicitly told him to "feel free to talk publicly" about their conversation. If confirmed, the judge would restore a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. "So ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record". Richard Blumenthal, summoning an issue from the 2010 Senate campaign concerning his statements about serving in Vietnam.