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09 February 2017

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mike

Why would he replace him? Doesn't he let T-Rex and Mattis contradict him about NATO?

A.Pols

It always astounds me that people allow themselves to be tripped up that way, but they do. Kinda sorta like Bill O'reilly's "Putin's a killer" gambit with Trump that went nowhere.
You'd think a judge with all his legal training would see that coming from a mile away, but people get nervous...

Sam Peralta

Col. Lang

It didn't take long....

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-09/trump-defends-gorsuch-accuses-blumenthal-misrepresenting-what-judge-said

"Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?" the president tweeted Thursday morning.

Fred D.

Yeah, so long Gorsuch. That aside, didn't Blumenthal fight in combat in Vietnam? Oh, that's right, he made it up. http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/265462/remembering-rich-blumenthals-vietnam-deception-lloyd-billingsley

My all-time hilarious Senator Blumenthal moment, at a government train safety presentation at a Connecticut train station:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/conn-sen-blumenthal-hit-train-rail-safety-press-conference-article-1.1762281

Edward Amame

There's another possibility. Trump tweeted this about Blumenthal:

Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Feb. 9, 2017

Pres Trump is saying that this is all fake news. It's hard to tell if this is just posturing on his part or not. If Gorsuch goes, we'll know. And if that happens expect the next nominee to be grilled on his/her commitment to an independent judiciary.

Petrous

Sir
That sounds about right based on his hitherto behavioral trajectory.

Still, the talking heads now postulate that this was done on purpose, green lighted by Trump (?), to make the prospective justice more palatable to the liberal side of the isle. The theory is more of a speculation and probably too outlandish to be true. But it is (or was ) being chatted about on CNN etc.

steve g

Are we racing headlong into full
banana republic/balkanization
status, with identity politics as the
overriding factor? To borrow from the
illustrious NewYork politician of the late
19th century has our "Boss Tweet of Toomanyhalls(towers)"
lead us down to an irreconcilable
path of continued chaos?I know it's early yet.
With expatriate numbers swelling any
suggestions to possible destinations?

BillWade

Trump's tweet: "Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?

Larry Kart

The president's "pugnacious personality" is the "reality" to which Gorsuch must adjust? I think that Gorsuch's remarks were an attempt, futile though it might turn out to be and damaging to his own interests, to tell the president that under some governmental circumstances it is he who must adjust. Further, based on what I know of Gorsuch and his background, he doesn't seem to me to be pugnacious himself nor someone who is insulated from political reality. (As we know, his mother lost her job at the EPA under Reagan in a battle over executive branch prerogatives -- one in which she stood on the executive branch side. ) I would guess that Gorsuch thinks that his personal interests here are outweighed by broader ones. Maybe not a profile in courage but not a fight between two alley cats.

ISL

Dear Colonel, sorry I cant resist. He should have had a lawyer present during the interview.

Agreed, he will be pulled.

505thPIR

Judge Gorsuch just spoke truth. He would not have been in any position to do so if President Trump had spoken differently about the integrity of the Judicial Branch of government. Courage vs ignorance. Truth vs career. Truth vs "loyalty". Good on him. How President Trump responds will again be illuminating.

Eric Newhill

Sir,
My guess is Trump will let it slide. IMO, he'd rather have his nomination - a good conservative - approved than get into an ego contest. He will have another nomination coming up soon to replace Ginsberg. He'll make sure that one is more appropriately worshipful.

Valissa

Gorsuch Team: Comments about attacks on judiciary were not specific to Trump Immigration EO http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/02/gorsuch-team-comments-about-attacks-on-judiciary-were-not-specific-to-trump-immigration-eo/
My first instinct was that Gorsuch must have been referring to attacks on the judiciary in general, not on Trump’s comments about the pending 9th Circuit case.

Gorsuch’s team, led by Senator Kelly Ayotte, just confirmed what I suspected. The comments were taken out of context to the extent portrayed as a specific criticism of Trump’s comments on the Immigration EO.

Here is the statement:

"Judge Gorsuch has made it very clear in all of his discussions with senators, including Senator Blumenthal, that he could not comment on any specific cases and that judicial ethics prevent him from commenting on political matters. He has also emphasized the importance of an independent judiciary, and while he made clear that he was not referring to any specific case, he said that he finds any criticism of a judge’s integrity and independence disheartening and demoralizing."
---------------

So either this is a case of backpedaling or statements from Democrats regarding Trump should not be trusted until verified (or both). Pulling a sentence out of a larger comment, or reframing it to make it mean something different is a typical trick used by both sides.

My current rule is to be skeptical of ALL political news headlines. The percentage of "truth" is awfully low.

Laura

Col--Dissing the federal judicial system and its judges is not a great strategy for a President. Gorsuch is a federal judge and, therefore, not thrilled. The third branch isn't one to dismiss and denigrate. DT will be caught between "I'm never wrong" and "You're fired." Interesting times.

ann

It would be sad, if he withdrew. I don't think the dems will get anyone "better" in his place. And the court needs to be filled ASAP.

The President also took on McCain and Blumenthal's Vietnam and military service. Inappropriate to me who was not in the military, what would someone who actually volunteered think?

turcopolier

Pete Deer

This is not a question regarding Gorsuch's honor or integrity. That seems unquestionable. It is a question as to whether or not Gorsuch's nomination will survive he incident. I see that you creatures in Charlottesville have decided to remove Uncle Bob's statue from a park. Shame! pl

TV

Another Souter, Kennedy?
Looking like it.
So much for Trump's love of "extreme vetting."

raven

If I said what I thought I'd get banned again.

Nancy K

At least he didn't have 5 deferments for heel spurs that were so severe he can't even remember which foot was involved.

Nancy K

She will hang in there until Trump is gone.

FND

Rambo and Pocahontas (Blumenthal and Warren) make a great team.

turcopolier

Pete Deer

Well, Pete, I revere Robert Edward Lee as the best a man can be and so do not share your motivation. If you wish to criticize his character that would be your choice but please do not try to feed me the treason meme. Perhaps any favorable mention of his name should be discouraged so that safe zones free from of micro-aggression can be created for the "snowflakes."

turcopolier

FND

Richard Blumenthal served in the USMCR in the states. He could have been sent to VN. As for Warren the temptation to add a bit of family lore to her resume must have been terrific. pl

turcopolier

Eric Newhill

I am pleased to learn that DT will stick with Gorsuch. Given the present balance in the federal judiciary due to Harry Reid's application of the nuclear option couple of years ago I would think that DT will urge the Senate leader to apply that the SCOTUS appointments so that they can stop liberal opinions flowing upward to them.pl

turcopolier

NancyK

You should know by now that I despise draft dodgers. pl

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