Democrats are resisting claims that a Supreme Court nominee's private comments criticizing President Trump prove that he will act as a check on the administration, with their latest shot against the nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, using the White House press secretary's own words against the judge.
"Sean Spicer just made it crystal clear that Judge Gorsuch has refused to condemn President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary," Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said in a statement. "That makes an already weak response even weaker, and is further proof that the judge has not demonstrated the kind of independence necessary to be a check on this administration.”
The latest volley between Democrats, the White House and Gorsuch's supporters further muddy the already murky question of whether Gorsuch's private expressions of dismay over Trump's tweets bashing a federal judge will change the political dynamics surrounding his confirmation.
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