President Trump tweeted this morning to refute a Washington Post report that he considered rescinding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court after Gorsuch criticized Trump’s attacks on the federal judiciary during his confirmation process:
President Trump was so angry at Neil Gorsuch’s criticism that he threatened to rescind Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the Washington Post reports, citing 11 people familiar with the episode. Trump was reportedly furious about Gorsuch telling a Democratic senator that Trump’s attacks on the federal judiciary were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
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
Why it matters: The Post reports it’s “unclear” whether Trump would actually go through on his threat to scuttle the nomination but some Republicans in Congress and the administration “feared that Gorsuch’s confirmation — which had been shaping up to be one of the clearest triumph’s of Trump’s tumultuous young presidency — was on the verge of going awry.”