Sen. @RogerWicker meets #SCOTUS Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

White House press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump has leveled attacks on the United States judiciary and that Judge Neil Gorsuch said attacks on the judiciary were "demoralizing" and "disheartening".

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, on Saturday submitted his questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee in preparation for the confirmation process.

After meeting with Gorsuch, Blumenthal claimed the SCOTUS nominee was "demoralized" and "disheartened" by a Trump tweet about the "so-called judge" who blocked his order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Nominated by a man who has personally attacked judges when he's anxious they won't agree with him, Gorsuch was going to have to tiptoe around President Donald Trump's disregard for judicial independence. "I said they were more than disheartening, and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or unacceptable President Trump's attacks on the judiciary are".

Gorsuch spokesman Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist hired by the White House to help guide the judge's nomination through the U.S. Senate, confirmed that Gorsuch used those words when he met Blumenthal.

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This week, for the fourth time, President Donald Trump attacked the credibility and authority of the federal judiciary because he did not like them opposing him.

West Virginians can now be proud of the nominee that President Trump has selected.

Spicer said on Thursday that Trump did not regret his comments. Judge Gorsuch's nomination is a big, fat gift to those interests.

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Sasse's account mirrors that of Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, who also met privately with Gorsuch, as is customary when a nominee is under Senate consideration. It is hard to think of a campaign promise in the whole history of the Republic that was more clear than Mr. Trump's vow that he was going to tighten up on immigration until he can get a handle on the situation in the middle of this war. Despite the vigorous dissent of another judge, Gorsuch ruled that the parents could not even try to prove their case in court because the officer had qualified immunity from being sued. Trump, in a tweet, referred to the Seattle-based district justice, James Robart, as a "so-called" judge.

In fact, Blumenthal's military record was the very first thing Cuomo brought up. "I get this uncomfortable sense that the president may be trying to lower confidence in judges in anticipation of defying a ruling".

I am listening to Vice President Pence speak to the Federalist Society concerning the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Critics of his remarks said the president was seeking to undermine the independence of the judiciary. Ben Sasse said the judge was "pretty passionate about" defending judicial independence, adding that he had said, "any attack on ... brothers and sisters of the robe is an attack on all judges".

"In Trump's world there's a precedent where he believes a judge of Mexican heritage can't fairly judge his case", said longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson. But most Senate Democrats are lining up to oppose Mr Gorsuch's nomination and may even stage a rare filibuster to complicate his path to the bench of America's highest court. Steve Daines, R-Montana, told ABC's "Powerhouse Politics" podcast on Thursday, shortly after an hour-long private meeting with Gorsuch.

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