Neil Gorsuch is in the news today because a loathsome Democratic senator abused a long-standing tradition to stab the Supreme Court nominee in the back in the hopes that President Trump would revoke the nomination.
That Democrat, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, met privately with Gorsuch to discuss the Denver native’s qualification to serve on the nation’s highest bench Wednesday — conversations that are privileged for the senator’s benefit of making a decision on which way he will vote.
But Blumenthal left the meeting and rushed straight to the media and accused Gorsuch of disparaging Trump, shared bits and pieces of information, then demanded that Trump’s nominee publicly condemn the president and call him names.
“If he wants the American people to believe that he is truly independent, Judge Gorsuch must tell them in no uncertain terms that President Trump’s attacks are not just disappointing — they are abhorrent and destructive to our constitutional system.”
What did Gorsuch say? According to U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who was also in the meeting, Blumenthal wildly took the judge’s comments out of context.
“Judge Gorsuch has made it very clear in all of his discussions with senators, including Senator Blumenthal, that he could not comment on any specific cases and that judicial ethics prevent him from commenting on political matters,” Ayotte said. “He has also emphasized the importance of an independent judiciary, and while he made clear that he was not referring to any specific case, he said that he finds any criticism of a judge’s integrity and independence disheartening and demoralizing.”
Trump’s comment that Blumenthal attacked was that James Robart is a “so-called judge” on the 9th Circuit Court, which by the way is infamous for its ridiculous rulings that get repeatedly overturned.
But for the so-called senator to use those private comments in a two-faced maneuver to get Gorsuch’s nomination pulled is just despicable and shameless.