'I Never Even Wavered' On Gorsuch, WaPo Sources 'Don't Exist'

by Garry Watts December 20, 2017, 0:40
'I Never Even Wavered' On Gorsuch, WaPo Sources 'Don't Exist'

Trump considered pulling the nomination, afraid that Gorsuch wouldn't be "loyal" to him.

"I never at any point faltered and am extremely glad for him and the activity he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court".

Further, he accused the Washington Post of inventing the "unnamed sources".

Early this year, before his confirmation to the US Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch was quoted as saying he found President Donald Trump's criticism of the federal judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

"The president's nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch was among his first and most important accomplishments during his first year in office, and delivered on a major campaign promise", White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

As indicated by the Post, which talked with 11 individuals it said knew about the occurrence, Trump was stressed over whether Gorsuch would be steadfast and advised associates he was enticed to repeal the nomination. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said the Supreme Court nominee described these attacks as "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

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Ironically, the judge sent Trump a fawning, handwritten note praising him and thanking him for the nomination on March 2. He's new to government, and so he probably wasn't steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between [the Justice Department], FBI and White House.

But while Trump criticized the Post story, the President was also clearly irked by the incident at the time, lashing out on Twitter by accusing Blumenthal of having misrepresented Gorsuch's comments. "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice [Scalia], and mention me".

He as confirmed by the Senate 54 to 45 in April and has a consistently conservative outlook similar to the justice he replaced, Antonin Scalia. "My teenage daughters were cheering the TV!"

White House assistants debated the Post's announcing in on-the-record remarks, however administrative undertakings executive Marc Short recognized there was "disappointment" amid the affirmation procedure.

"As head of legislative affairs, our team was in charge of his nomination, and never did I view his nomination in jeopardy, nor did the president ever suggest to me that he wanted to pull him", Short said.

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