President Donald Trump took to the twitter machine once again Thursday morning, attacking Sen. Richard Blumenthal for supposedly misrepresenting Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s comments on the President’s recent verbal spats with the judiciary.
Trump attacked Blumenthal in a tweet accusing the senator of misrepresenting his conversation with Gorsuch as he had his military service in the past:
Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Wednesday Judge Gorsuch met with Blumenthal, who said Gorsuch told him that the President’s recent attacks on the judiciary were “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” the Washington Post reports. Ron Bonjean, a staff member charged with helping the judge navigate the confirmation process, confirmed the account.
Gorsuch was referring to Trump calling an appeals court “disgraceful” Wednesday morning for holding a hearing Tuesday night regarding his controversial travel ban executive order. The president characterized the judges as being more concerned with politics than the law.
Trump had also previously sent out a tweet attacking the “so-called judge” who ruled that the President’s travel ban must be lifted nationwide. Trump sent another tweet saying the judge had “put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and the court system.”
Blumenthal told the press that Gorsuch “stated very emotionally and strongly his belief in his fellow judges’ integrity and the principle of judicial independence. And I made clear to him that that belief requires him to be stronger and more explicit, more public in his views.”
Gorsuch, nominated to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will continue meeting with senators of both parties to try and gain enough support for confirmation. Republicans, who hold 52 seats in the Senate, will need at least eight Democrats to vote for Gorsuch to confirm the judge under current Senate rules.
If Democrats refuse to budge, Trump has indicated he wants Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go with the “nuclear option” and change Senate rules to allow a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed with a simple majority.