Yesterday Trump’s pick for Supreme Court — Judge Neil Gorsuch — met with Sen. Blumenthal in his office and apparently they talked about Trump’s criticisms of the federal judges who blocked/questioned the immigration ban.
After the meeting, Sen. Blumenthal told media that Judge Gorsuch thought Trump’s comments were “disheartening and demoralizing.” He said Gorsuch allowed him to share it. CBS News was more specific — that Sen. Blumenthal said it was disheartening, then Gorsuch agreed and added that it was demoralizing.
This morning Trump tweeted that Sen. Blumenthal misrepresented what Judge Gorsuch said, then attacked the credibility of the Senator by bringing up his previous “scandal” of saying he had served in the Vietnam war.
[Tweet: Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?]
Sen. Blumenthal did, in 2010, say he “served in Vietnam” in the 1970s — but he was actually in the military reserves and stayed in the U.S. during Vietnam. He had apologized about it then.
Back to Judge Gorsuch — It appears he really did criticize Trump. Another Senator, Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), told media that Judge Gorsuch said “any attack on brothers or sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges.”
Judge Gorsuch’s aide, former Senator Kelly Ayotte, said Gorsuch was not referring to anything specific and was speaking generally that any criticism of a judge’s integrity and independence is disheartening and demoralizing.
Whatever how people view Gorsuch’s comments, it is indeed a very strong criticism of Trump from someone who was lavishly honored in a formal White House ceremony last week.
Whether Judge Gorsuch is secretly hiding some animosity towards President Trump or not, his criticism of Trump’s criticisms only sets up for more drama in the coming weeks, especially when Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings begin.
Sen. Blumenthal is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, so we’ll see the two communicate with each other again. Some say it’s a good thing Gorsuch did this, so he shows himself as independent from Trump — as our three executive branches should be independent of each other.