President Donald Trump's attacks on federal judges may be backfiring. And Trump drew a parallel from criticism in 2010 that Blumenthal had misrepresented his military service during Vietnam to what he said Gorsuch told him.
"Fake news is the worst thing that you can call a journalist".
The senator, Richard Blumenthal who represents CT, is on the Judiciary Committee due to hold a hearing to confirm Gorsuch's appointment. 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.
And within a half-hour, Gorsuch spokesman Ron Bonjean, who was tapped by the White House to head communications for Gorsuch, confirmed Gorsuch used those words in his meeting with Blumenthal.
And on Thursday, Blumenthal said on MSNBC Gorsuch specifically told him he "should feel free to mention what I said about these attacks being disheartening and demoralizing". "And he said to me that he found them "disheartening" and "demoralizing" - his words".
"Judge Gorsuch needs to stand up to this bullying, and I believe he has to publicly condemn it, " the senator added.
Blumenthal, a former state attorney general, argued Thursday that Gorsuch would need to go further to publicly denounce Trump and defend judicial independence. "There is a fundamental core democratic principle at stake".
The judge's comments came just more than a week after Trump announced that Gorsuch, now a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, would be his nominee for the vacancy on the Supreme Court and five days after US District Judge James Robart put much of the ban on hold.
The comments Gorsuch was referring to was a tweet over the weekend that referred to the decision made by federal judge James Robart on Friday that placed a temporary hold on the xenophobic travel ban signed into existence via executive order in the first few weeks of Trump's presidency.
Trump called Robart a "so-called judge" after he filed a restraining order against his executive order on immigration. "If something happens blame him and court system", another stated. Some Republicans, such as Sen.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., had her own meeting with Gorsuch on Thursday.
Some observers have floated a "competing theory" that Gorsuch's stated concerns "were a calculated attempt ... to assert his independence", the Post reports.
Mr. Trump now says Judge Gorsuch's comments have been misrepresented. "And part of that tradition of the judiciary is not necessarily to defend itself or enter the political fray", said J.J. Gorsuch - which is why he said it made sense for Judge Gorsuch to say what he did as a "private comment". Ben Sasse of Nebraska, later relayed similar accounts of Gorsuch forcefully criticizing Trump's public attacks on the judiciary branch. As we say on the internet: "LOL".