Former GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is helping to usher Gorsuch through the Senate, said in a statement released by the White House that the nominee "made clear that he was not referring to any specific case", but "finds any criticism of a judge's integrity and independence disheartening and demoralizing".
Trump insisted Blumenthal was mischaracterizing Gorsuch's words, though a Gorsuch spokesman confirmed them. Democrats have said they will push to establish that Gorsuch can exercise independence if he is confirmed to the lifetime position on the country's highest court. Curiel who is of Mexican descent, was hearing a civil case against Trump at the time. At Daily Kos, Joan McCarter argues that "Neil Gorsuch's being "disheartened and demoralized" by Trump's rage-tweets about the judiciary has been scripted by Republicans" and that "a public declaration that the president shouldn't be tweeting about judges is not enough to make the nomination palatable".
But there are much larger constitutional stakes here. "If this president can attack the judiciary the way he does, if this president has so little respect for rule of law or for separation of powers, our last and best refuge are the courts".
Will Trump and his ultra-nationalist adviser Stephen K. Bannon direct the government to ignore the court's orders?
He tweeted on the matter again before the meeting of police chiefs and sheriffs, saying the United States could not have the security to which it was entitled if the court found in favour of maintaining the travel ban's suspension.
In one Twitter post, Mr Trump said, "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!"
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This week, Trump took his attack a step further. 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. He has since tweeted, "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"
In a scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Friday, Schumer wrote that Gorsuch's private conversations with senators on Capitol Hill, in which the federal judge expressed dismay with Trump's recent attacks on the judiciary, should not inspire confidence in his nomination. But other Democrats may support it. California Sen.
Pence made mention of the Constitution, Judge Gorsuch's qualifications, how the Senate is bound by the Constitution to vote on Gorsuch's nomination and how the seat on the Supreme Court belongs not to President Trump but to the American people. And if Democrats force Republicans to exercise the "nuclear option" and eliminate the Senate rule permitting filibusters, the tactic won't be around for the next Supreme Court fight. Some Democratic senators have indicated they might stall a vote on him, in part because Republican senators refused a year ago to consider then-President Barack Obama's nominee for the court, Merrick Garland.
Feinstein said Gorsuch "is a very caring person and he's obviously legally very smart". The president refused to obey Taney's order.
For good measure, the president added: "I don't ever want to call a court biased and we haven't had a decision yet". For starters, these are the same people still besotted with President Obama, whose ambition was so excessive that he lost a higher percentage of his cases before the Supreme Court than any modern president. Robart's decision was upheld Thursday in a unanimous decision by an appeals court panel that includes a Republican appointee. "It has to be a public condemnation that defends the independence of the judiciary and his own independence". It is now Chief Justice John Roberts' turn to enter the fray.
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