Supreme Court Nominee Seeks Distance From Trump Administration, Says Attacks On Federal Judges ‘Disheartening’
The following is an excerpt from MARIAM KHAN | March 21, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
Judge Neil Gorsuch sought to distance himself from the Trump administration and hit the president over comments made on the campaign trail during testimony before members of Congress on his second day of a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Gorsuch hit President Donald Trump over his remarks about federal judges, including a Mexican-American federal judge whom he called a "so-called judge" because of his involvement with a Trump lawsuit.
"When anyone criticizes the honesty or integrity, the motives of a federal judge, I find that disheartening. I find that demoralizing because I know the truth," Gorsuch said.
When Gorsuch was asked if "anyone" included Trump himself, Gorsuch responded, "Anyone is anyone."
Gorsuch also refused to say whether he'd support or undermine a travel ban barring citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
"I'm not going to say anything here that would give anybody any idea how I would rule in any case that could come before the Supreme Court or my court of the 10th Circuit," Gorsuch said in reference to the travel ban. "It would be grossly improper of a judge to do that."
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