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Did Neil Gorsuch distance himself from Donald Trump? It's complicated

12 February 2017, 12:43 | Jamie Ballard

Trump's Supreme Court pick calls attacks on judiciary 'demoralizing'

Bryan R. Smith

Spicer: Trump has "no regrets" over criticism of judges Trump doubles down on Blumenthal attacks MORE (D-Conn.) to discuss his nomination to the Surpeme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch criticized President Trump's attacks against the federal judiciary.

According to Blumenthal, Gorsuch - who was chosen by Trump for the Supreme Court - called the president's comments about a federal judge "demoralizing" and "disheartening". But courts seem to be so political, and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read the statement and do what's right. Robart has blocked Trump's executive order temporarily suspending entry to the U.S.by people from seven majority-Muslim countries as well as entry by refugees from any nation, and indefinitely barring refugees from Syria. Over the weekend, the president labeled a judge who ruled on his executive order a "so-called judge" and referred to the ruling as "ridiculous".

In 2010, the Times disclosed that while candidate Blumenthal had claimed to have served in Vietnam, he actually served in a Marine Reserve unit in Washington.

Mr Blumenthal, a former state attorney general who now represents CT, said he had spoken to Mr Gorsuch during a meeting.

The Denver-based appellate judge continued to traverse the corridors of the Senate office buildings across from the Capitol on Thursday, paying courtesy calls to senators while ignoring reporters' questions.

It is interesting that Gorsuch clerked for Court of Appeals Judge David Sentelle, a judicial archconservative by progressive standards, but also clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White (a President John Kennedy appointee) and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy as well, who were both centrist swing vote centrists. His comments were misrepresented and what you should do is ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record that didn't exist after years of saying it did.

Trump's post was among numerous tweets pushing back on the decision Friday by Robart in Seattle, Washington, and voicing concern over the subsequent legal battle.

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U.S. presidents are usually hesitant to weigh in on judicial matters out of respect for a U.S. Constitution clause ensuring a separation of powers between the executive branch, Congress and the judiciary. The White House insists the judge was speaking in general terms.

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court nomination team confirmed the judge's remarks to Business Insider on Wednesday.

Conservatives have argued that Gorsuch's comments show his independence from the Trump administration.

Mr Trump's order banned travel to the USA for people from Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Libya and also suspended the country's refugee global programme. She issued a statement saying Gorsuch made clear he was not referring to any specific case.

The hearing was followed online by more than 130,000 people - a record, the court said - and broadcast live to millions more on television.

Trump's complaints about what Blumenthal said Gorsuch said came even as other Democrats offered their own complaints about Gorsuch's reported comments, albeit for totally different reasons.

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