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President Trump's escalating attacks on the judicial branch drew denunciation Wednesday from his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who told lawmakers that the attacks were "demoralizing" and "disheartening" to the independence of the federal courts.
"I told him how abhorrent Donald Trump's invective and insults are towards the judiciary. And he said to me that he found them 'disheartening' and 'demoralizing'—his words," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D- Conn.) said in an interview.
Gorsuch "stated very emotionally and strongly his belief in his fellow judges' integrity and the principle of judicial independence," he added. "And I made clear to him that that belief requires him to be stronger and more explicit, more public in his views."
Gorsuch's comments to Blumenthal were confirmed by Ron Bonjean, a member of the judge's group of aides tasked with helping him navigate the confirmation process.