Posted Feb 08, 2017 04:43 pm CST
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told Sen. Richard Blumenthal that President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening,” according to the senator and Gorsuch aides who confirmed the account.
Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, told reporters that Gorsuch made the comment in a private meeting Wednesday, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico and the Hartford Courant report.
Politico says the remark was confirmed by a Gorsuch spokesman, while the Post says Gorsuch’s comments were confirmed by Ron Bonjean, a member of the team helping Gorsuch through the confirmation process. The spokesperson told Politico that Gorsuch made the comment when Blumenthal asked about Trump’s “so-called judge” tweet, part of his criticism of U.S. District Judge James Robart. The federal judge had issued a nationwide injunction blocking the president’s travel ban that is now on appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump had criticized Robart in a series of tweets. “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump wrote. “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.? Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision.”
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