President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, reportedly told Senator Richard Blumenthal that Trump's "escalating attacks on the federal judiciary," according to the Washington Post, were "disheartening" and "demoralizing."
As the New York Times writes, the comment "was readily confirmed on the record by a White House adviser, Ron Bonjean, working to advance the Gorsuch confirmation."
And it was just as readily denied by President Donald J. 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
Chris Cuomo of CNN interviewed Senator Blumenthal regarding the controversy. Naturally, President Donald J. Trump was watching.
Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave "service" in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Or, at least, he watched some of it. Because after criticizing the network as "FAKE NEWS!" for not addressing Blumenthal's former controversy over his military service, CNN responded with a simple, "Uh, yeah we did, dude."
I'm paraphrasing. Here's how it went:
"Uh, let's just please show the top of the interview," said Cuomo.
Then they play the clip, in which Chris Cuomo asks Senator Blumenthal about his military service.
"Really. The first point that I made in the interview... The president, with all due respect, is once again off on the facts."