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Schumer says Gorsuch’s dismay over Trump not enough

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accompanied by other Senate Democrats, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


February 09, 2017

Trolling for excuses to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch, Democrats are calling his dismay at President Trump’s rhetorical attacks on federal judges a “ruse,” saying it seems to be a political move designed to appease critics rather than a heartfelt worry about a runaway executive.

Judge Gorsuch has told at least three senators in private meetings on Capitol Hill that he was disheartened by Trump’s Twitter assaults on judges.

But Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, one of the three, said it isn’t good enough “to whisper in a closed room, behind closed doors.”

“You can’t just assert I’m an independent person,” Schumer said. “You have to show examples,” signaling he will direct the Democrat caucus to oppose Judge Gorsuch no matter what.

The Democrat National Committee went even further, saying the judge’s dismay was a plot by the White House.

“This is clearly a meaningless White House orchestrated attempt to help Judge Gorsuch pretend he won’t be a rubber stamp for the Trump administration,” said DNC adviser Zac Petkanas.

Trump himself disputed the claim by senators that his Supreme Court pick was unhappy. The president said on Twitter that Sen. Richard Blumenthal “misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him.”

Blumenthal first revealed Judge Gorsuch’s dismay with the president. Sen. Ben Sasse,(R-Ne.), and Schumer said the judge expressed similar feelings to them. Blumenthal and Schumer are demanding Judge Gorsuch publicly condemn President Trump, as they’ve done with all cabinet nominees.