Trump Rips WaPo Report About Revoking Gorsuch Nomination

21 December, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Diane Mills
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WaPo reported earlier in the day that Trump felt as though Gorsuch would not be loyal to him, and that he considered replacing him with another justice.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that a report about how he nearly rescinded Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination was "fake news". "The unnamed sources don't exist!" the president tweeted.

"At no point did the president consider withdrawing Justice Gorsuch's nomination".

President Donald Trump with Neil Gorsuch at the White House on January 31. Had Trump followed his impulses, that easily could have become one of the wildest and most self-defeating moments of his young administration.

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The Washington Post reports that an incredulous Trump told aides he was inclined to revoke the nomination after Gorsuch told Democratic Sen. 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.

Gorsuch's comments - and Bonjean's confirmation of them - appeared to be a strategic attempt by the White House to put some distance between Gorsuch, who was seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, and the President's caustic comments about the judiciary. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a meeting that he believed Trump's attacks on the judicial system were "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

The letter was produced for Trump and he took a look at it on March 10, according to legislative affairs director Marc Short.

Trump was also reportedly concerned that Gorsuch wasn't grateful enough to him for the nomination. "The process obviously caused frustration, but that frustration was compounded by the fact that Gorsuch had sent him a personal letter that he never received", Short said.

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