Trump Says Judge Gorsuch's Comments 'Misrepresented' by Sen. Blumenthal
President Donald Trump said the comments by SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch were "misrepresented" by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
According to Blumenthal, Gorsuch said that comments Trump made about the federal appeals court deliberating his travel ban were "disheartening and demoralizing," as reported by Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts.
Blumenthal told reporters Wednesday after the meeting that Gorsuch had "expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments by President Trump about the judiciary."
Speaking to a group of moderate Democrats about his SCOTUS nominee Thursday at the White House, Trump called out Blumenthal directly.
"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. So ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record. He misrepresented that just like he misrepresented Judge Gorsuch," Trump said after tweeting a similar statement earlier in the day.
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
At the meeting, Trump said Gorsuch is "an exceptionally qualified nominee" with an "impeccable academic record and legal credentials" who "will do a fantastic job for many years to come."
"I think he's doing very well," Trump said of Gorsuch as he urged the moderate Democrats to support his nominee, saying he hopes the process can proceed in a "quick and civil manner."
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