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Trump's own Supreme Court nominee criticizes his tweets against federal judge

12 February 2017

Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has aided Gorsuch's confirmation process and sat in on senators' meetings with him, said in a statement Thursday that the judge did call attacks on the independence of judges "disheartening".

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is weighing the appeal of Mr Trump's executive order on immigration, which temporarily suspends the country's refugee program and bans travel for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

"Nobody need believe me about what Judge Gorsuch said when he commented that these viscous repeated attacks by President Trump are disheartening and demoralizing", Blumenthal said on MSNBC the next morning, February 9.

"I believe Judge Neil Gorsuch views on the issues and his full record deserves to be intensely scrutinized", Cortez Masto said when the judge was nominated. However, Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, who is assisting the White House on the Gorsuch nomination, confirmed Blumenthal's account to reporters.

"Courts seem to be so political and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read a statement and do what is right", the president said.

The temporary halt by Judge Robart, and a potential reversal by the court in favour of Mr Trump, would cause national whiplash for the millions of people in the USA and the seven countries who are affected by the travel ban.

In 2010, the New York Times reported that Blumenthal had implied during a 2008 speech that he had served in Vietnam.

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Trump said Blumenthal had misrepresented Gorsuch's comments. And he'll no doubt have additional opportunities to distance himself from Trump's tweets at his confirmation hearings, because Senate Democrats are determined to get him on the record on the subject, as much to embarrass the president as to establish Gorsuch's independence from the man who appointed him.

Trump called Robart a "so-called judge" whose "ridiculous" opinion "essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country". Spicer, on Thursday afternoon, said Trump had "no regrets" about the insults he lobbed against Judge Robart, and that it was "very clear" that Gorsuch "was not commenting on any specific matter".

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. Talk show host Laura Ingraham tweeted that they were "concerning" and suggested that William Pryor and Thomas Hardiman, the two other finalists for the Supreme Court nomination, would not have made them.

"His comments were misrepresented".

The contentious ban has been frozen by the courts and has embroiled Trump in an arm wrestle with the judicial branch, less than three weeks into his presidency.

Some Democrats are now speculating that those private comments from Judge Gorsuch were part of a grand plan by the administration to allow him to stake out his independence from Mr. Trump. Cuomo stated: "The president with all due respect is once again off on the facts and that's not something that any of us have any desire to say on a regular basis but it keeps being true".

Trump's own Supreme Court nominee criticizes his tweets against federal judge