Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday morning that President Trump's verbal attacks on the court system are "careening" us, "literally, towards a constitutional crisis."
Blumenthal said that Judge Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's pick to be the next Surpeme Court Justice, told him that he was "demoralized" by Trump's comments about federal courts reviewing his mideastern travel ban. Blumnthal was immediately attacked by Trump:
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) February 9, 2017
BLUMENTHAL: There's no question that Judge Gorsuch said to me that he found these attacks on the judiciary by the president to be disheartening and demoralizing. In fact, his spokesperson after the meeting confirmed it. He made the statement more than once. In fact, he has made that same statement to a number of my colleagues including Senator Schumer.
But I think that telling me that he finds these attacks to be demoralizing or disheartening behind closed doors is not enough. He needs to make that statement publicly and condemn this attack on the independence of the judiciary and show the American people that he will be independent.
CUOMO: Is that putting a political parameter on somebody who is supposed to stay separate from that type of discussion?
BLUMENTHAL: I said to Judge Gorsuch, and I believe that ordinary a Supreme Court nominee would not be expected to comment on issues or political matters or cases to come before the court. But we’re in a very unusual situation. We’re careening, literally, towards a constitutional crisis. And he's been nominated by a president who has repeatedly and relentlessly attacked the American judiciary on three separate occasions, their credibility and trust is in question. And he's established a litmus test for his nominee to be prolife, to be pro Second Amendment, to be conservative.
Blumenthal repeated his concerns on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe':