Spicer: 'Wrong and misleading' to say Gorsuch called Trump's attacks on judges 'disheartening'

Spicer: 'Wrong and misleading' to say Gorsuch called Trump's attacks on judges 'disheartening'
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday pushed back against reports that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch called President Trump's attacks on judges "disheartening."

"Wrong and Misleading: he spoke broadly and never mentioned any person," Spicer tweeted, linking to an Associated Press story that said Gorsuch "publicly calls President Trump's attacks on judges 'disheartening,' 'demoralizing.'"

Earlier this year, Trump blasted James Robart, the federal judge for the Western District of Washington who placed a halt on Trump's initial travel ban. The president referred to Robart as a "so-called judge." During the campaign, he also attacked the judge hearing a lawsuit against Trump's defunct real estate education program Trump University, saying that his Mexican heritage makes him unable to be impartial.
 
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told reporters after a private meeting with Gorsuch that the nominee had expressed misgivings over the president's harsh criticism of Robart.
 
After Blumenthal recounted his conversation with Gorsuch, Trump suggested Blumenthal was a serial liar.
 
"His comments were misrepresented and what you should do is ask Sen. Blumenthal about his Vietnam record, which didn't exist,” Trump said last month.
 
Blumenthal asked Gorsuch about their meeting and Trump's past attacks on judges at his confirmation hearing Tuesday.
 
“I know these people and how decent they are and when anyone criticizes the honesty, integrity and motives of a federal judge, I find that disheartening and demoralizing because I know the truth,” Gorsuch told Blumenthal Monday when asked to recall last month’s meeting during his confirmation hearing.

“Anyone including the president of the United States?” Blumenthal asked, seeking clarification.
 
“Anyone is anyone,” Gorsuch replied.