Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

Kelly Ayotte Confirms that Gorsuch Was 'Disheartened' By Trump's Treatment of Judges

Kelly Ayotte Confirms that Gorsuch Was 'Disheartened' By Trump's Treatment of Judges

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has described the USA president's attacks on a judge as "demoralising" and "disheartening" but Mr Trump insists the comments have been "misinterpreted".

Gorsuch's spokesman Ron Bonjean confirmed Gorsuch calling Trump's tweet about the "so-called judge" "disheartening" and "demoralising" in his conversation with Blumenthal.

Gorsuch has refrained from public comment during the ordeal, but already some suspect that he was attempting to appear privately empathetic in order to gain Democratic votes for his confirmation hearing.

President Donald Trump hosted a bipartisan group of senators at the White House Thursday to discuss his Supreme Court pick.

Gorsuch, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals judge who was nominated by Trump to the fill vacant Supreme Court seat, made the comments on Wednesday during a meeting with Sen.

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 USA throughout his time in the Marine Reserves during the Vietnam War.

"He has to show the American people that he will be more than just a rubber stamp for Donald Trump". "Anyone can be disheartened, but the judge has refused to condemn the comments privately or publicly".

Lawmakers from both parties quickly vouched for the veracity of the remarks the senator said Gorsuch made. But she said the nominee said he finds any criticism of a judge's integrity and independence to be "disheartening and demoralizing".

Gorsuch has not publicly commented on the controversy, but Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he should, to prove his independence from the president. Other senators, including Republican Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY, said Gorsuch made similar comments to them.

Sasse told MSNBC that Gorsuch got "pretty passionate" when asked about Trump's remarks, adding that an attack on "brothers or sisters of the robe" is an attack on all judges.

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After Chris Cuomo interviewed Blumenthal on CNN's "New Day", Trump tweeted: "Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Now, u use your position to mock vets, he uses his to make their lives better".

Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he brought up examples of Trump's recent rhetoric, including the tweets and the President's criticism of the federal court on Wednesday morning before law enforcement officials. "But courts seem to be so political".

Gorsuch's rebuke of Trump came on the heels of the president's criticism of James Robart, the federal judge who issued a restraining order against his controversial executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump has made several disparaging comments about the federal judiciary since an order halted his directive temporarily barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Gorsuch's comments were first reported by Blumenthal, but were subsequently confirmed by two other senators who heard versions of the same thing, and verified by the White House-appointed handlers shepherding Gorsuch around Capitol Hill.

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