Trump attacks senator as debate over judiciary ensnares Supreme Court nominee


President Trump lashed out Thursday over criticism from his Supreme Court pick of Trump’s own attacks on the judiciary.

Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s high court nominee, told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that he was “disheartened” by the president’s disparaging statements about the judiciary, the lawmaker told reporters after meeting Gorsuch on Capitol Hill a day earlier. 

A representative for Gorsuch also confirmed his comments to Blumenthal, and another senator said Gorsuch made similar remarks to him.

But Trump fired back at Blumenthal, saying he had misrepresented Gorsuch’s comments. The president also took aim at Blumenthal’s credibility, bringing up a 7-year-old controversy over the senator’s military service.

“Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?” Trump tweeted.

During Blumenthal’s campaign for Senate in 2010, he was criticized for claiming in speeches that he had served in Vietnam. Blumenthal had been in the Marine Corps Reserve and was not posted overseas. He later said he had misspoken about his record a few times out of the hundreds of speeches he has given in his political career.

Trump himself was disqualified from service during the Vietnam War in 1968 after a physical exam. Trump told the New York Times he received a medical deferment because of bone spurs in his heels.

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