President Donald Trump is rejecting a report he considered “rescinding” Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s nomination.
He called The Washington Post’s story, which was published Monday night, “fake news”:
A story in the @washingtonpost that I was close to “rescinding” the nomination of Justice Gorsuch prior to confirmation is FAKE NEWS. I never even wavered and am very proud of him and the job he is doing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The unnamed sources don’t exist!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2017
The Post’s report suggested Trump considered yanking the nomination over fears Gorsuch wouldn’t be “loyal” to him, adding the president knew of several other judges who would gladly accept the seat on the high court.
The friction between Trump and Gorsuch reportedly came in February, when Gorsuch told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) he found the president’s attacks on the federal judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
Trump was also allegedly upset with Gorsuch’s level of expressed gratitude for the Supreme Court nomination. However, a handwritten note from the justice — which Trump said he did not initially receive — helped assuage some of that concern.
“Your address to Congress was magnificent,” Gorsuch wrote in a letter dated March 2. “And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice, and mention me. My teenage daughters were cheering the TV!”
The “justice” in Gorsuch’s letter refers to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he filled in early 2017.
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