Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, told journalists that Judge Neil M. Gorsuch had called Trump’s attacks on judges “demoralising” and “disheartening.” A White House adviser also confirmed Gorsuch’s comments. But this has infuriated Trump who took to Twitter, as always, to say “Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?”
Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations has run into legal troubles, and he was ready to attack an independent judiciary. Trump is unable to separate his powers as a president from the powers of legal bodies which make laws and enforce them.
Gorsuch is currently meeting with senators from both parties at the Capitol as he prepares to be questioned in a public hearing. Gorsuch will need at least eight Democratic votes to be confirmed to the high court.
Blumenthal, a former state attorney general, was unsure about Gorsuch’s views on privacy rights and women’s healthcare, which he found “unspecific and unforthcoming.” But he said that the real problem is President Trump and how it will be possible for Gorsuch to resist to succumbing to Trump’s will.
“There is an elephant in the room with us today. The elephant is Donald Trump, who has issued a series of blistering and bullying attacks on judges around the country,” Blumenthal said.