Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said that this whole immigration episode has demonstrated to him that ‘we’re careening – literally – towards a Constitutional crisis.’
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Blumenthal said that Judge Neil Gorsuch told him as well as other senators that Trump’s comments on the federal judge overturning the temporary travel ban were ‘disheartening and demoralizing.’ But it’s not enough to make such criticisms in private. According to Blumenthal, Gorsuch needs to make his thoughts known publicly.
But Cuomo said that might be ‘putting a political parameter on somebody who is supposed to stay separate from that type of discussion.’ Blumenthal responded that it’s different in this case, since we’re literally headed towards a ‘Constitutional crisis.’
BLUMENTHAL: There’s no question that Judge Gorsuch said to me that he found these attacks on the judiciary by the president to be disheartening and demoralizing. In fact, his spokesperson after the meeting confirmed it. He made the statement more than once. In fact, he has made that same statement to a number of my colleagues including Senator Schumer.
But I think that telling me that he finds these attacks to be demoralizing or disheartening behind closed doors is not enough. He needs to make that statement publicly and condemn this attack on the independence of the judiciary and show the American people that he will be independent.
CUOMO: Is that putting a political parameter on somebody who is supposed to stay separate from that type of discussion?
BLUMENTHAL: I said to Judge Gorsuch, and I believe that ordinarily a Supreme Court nominee would not be expected to comment on issues or political matters or cases to come before the court. But we’re in a very unusual situation. We’re careening, literally, towards a constitutional crisis. And he’s been nominated by a president who has repeatedly and relentlessly attacked the American judiciary on three separate occasions, their credibility and trust is in question. And he’s established a litmus test for his nominee to be prolife, to be pro-Second Amendment, to be conservative.
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