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Neil Gorsuch: Trump’s Rebuke Of Judge ‘Abhorrent’ And ‘Demoralizing’

Neil Gorsuch on Wednesday became the latest cabinet nominee to separate himself from some of President Trump’s opinions, Politico reported.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut revealed that the Supreme Court nominee had told him he objected to Trump’s condemnation of Judge James Robart, who issued the judicial stay that temporarily halted the executive order banning visitors from seven primarily Muslim countries. The president called Robart a “so-called judge,” threatening to blame him “if something happens” because the travel ban is not being enforced.

Blumenthal said that during his private meeting with Gorsuch, “he certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by President Trump about the judiciary.” The senator added: “But I will be asking for more specific and forthcoming responses to those kinds of questions before I determine how I will vote. … My strong hope is that he will be more vehement publicly.”

Blumenthal accurately recalled Gorsuch’s comments, according to a spokesman for the judge. The willingness to question the president is a trait that is likely to appeal to some moderate Democratic senators, Politico noted. However, some Democrats want the successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia to be more aggressive in challenging Trump’s agenda.

Gorsuch is not expected to have any problem garnering the support of Senate Republicans. “I think (the judge’s statement to Blumenthal) assured he’ll make it through and get over 60 votes,” said GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, referring to the number of votes needed to prevent a Democratic filibuster. “I don’t think it was calculated to do that, but I think the effect of that will make them realize he’s an independent guy.” Flake sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which must approve Gorsuch before the full Senate votes on the confirmation.

The committee chairman, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, predicted that the judge’s rebuke of Trump “should be very satisfying to Democrats (because) it shows that he’s very much an independent person and he defends the judiciary.”

Source: Politico
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