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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Calls Trump's Comments about the Judiciary 'Demoralizing'

12 February 2017

Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalGorsuch submits questionnaire for Supreme Court nomination Trump unfairly critiqued as Democrats' behavior goes unpunished Trump outburst puts Gorsuch in a corner MORE (D-Conn.) said that Gorsuch told him Trump's attack on a federal judge who temporarily blocked his travel ban was "disheartening" and "demoralizing". "I asked him about the so-called judges comment because we don't have so-called judges or so-called presidents or so-called senators", Sasse said.

Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump's criticism of Judge Robart when he was asked whether it was appropriate for the president to question the legitimacy of a federal judge by referring to him in a tweet as a "so-called judge".

"While he made clear that he was not referring to any specific case, he said that he finds any criticism of a judge's integrity and independence disheartening and demoralizing", former Sen.

Blumenthal's account of the Gorsuch meeting, however, has been corroborated by several others who were there, including Ron Bonjean, who is part of a group "guiding the judge through his confirmation process on behalf of Trump's administration", the Post reports.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

The president also criticized the three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that is considering whether Robart had the legal grounds to suspend the January 27 executive order. "But courts seem to be so political", Trump said.

Democrats and other critics have called Trump's comments toward the judiciary an attack on a core principle of American democracy: that the courts are independent and uphold the rule of law. Trump tweeted. "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 USA?"

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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Calls Trump's Comments about the Judiciary 'Demoralizing'

The New York Times said Gorsuch "privately expressed dismay on Wednesday over Mr. Trump's increasingly aggressive attacks on the judiciary, calling the president's criticism of independent judges "demoralizing" and 'disheartening'".

"If something happens blame him and court system", Trump wrote in his Twitter rant.

Mr. Blumenthal said Thursday on MSNBC that Judge Gorsuch, without prompting, said he should feel free to talk publicly about what he said in their meeting.

"It needs to be a strong condemnation and that kind of public condemnation is important to establish his independence", Mr Blumenthal said.

Trump called Robart a "so-called judge" whose "ridiculous" opinion "essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country". A bad high school student would understand this.

Trump on Wednesday declared that an appeals court's hearing Tuesday night regarding his controversial immigration executive order was "disgraceful" and that judges were more concerned about politics than following the law. Trump said in his tweet.

Conservative backers of his Supreme Court nomination, however, said Gorsuch's independence is genuine, while some liberals said his statements were too mild to muster much support from the left. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., also confirmed Gorsuch was critical of Trump's personal attacks.

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Calls Trump's Comments about the Judiciary 'Demoralizing'