Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch slamming President Donald Trump's attacks on judges proved "it sounds like Neil Gorsuch might be a darn good judge.
"He's not going to be politically swayed by the side of the aisle," the Utah Republican, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "That's why so many of us like the judge."
Gorsuch told Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut that Trump's tweets slamming federal judges, including the three justices hearing a challenge to a nationwide ban on his travel executive order, were "disheartening" and "demoralizing," according to CNN.
"He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening, and he characterized them very specifically that way," Blumenthal said. "I said they were more than disheartening — and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or unacceptable President Trump's attacks on the judiciary are."
Chaffetz told Blitzer "it's ill-advised to criticize a judge."
"You may criticize the ruling, you may criticize the questions that he asks — but to criticize somebody personally like that, I don't like to see that in any realm, and certainly not against a judge," Chaffetz added.
Trump has lashed out at U.S. District Judge James Robart since he issued a nationwide stay of his Jan. 27 travel ban from majority-Muslim countries — calling him a "so-called judge" — and attacked the panel hearing the administration's appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
"He's a real judge, in my opinion," Chaffetz said of Robart. "The president is entitled to his opinion.
"He's a real judge and made a real opinion."
Chaffetz, 49, also chairs of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was first elected to Congress in 2008.
He said he was "curious" about studying the lease the president had with the General Services Administration for the Trump International Hotel.
The hotel opened in September and is located in the Old Post Office building, which is owned by the federal government.
The GSA contract bars elected officials from being a party to such a lease or benefitting from it.
Chaffetz said he had received a complete un-redacted copy of the GSA's lease with Trump.
"They gave us the fully un-redacted contract," he told Blitzer. "It was something I asked back in December.
"But we now have that, I think that is something we should look that — and I have been doing that."
Chaffetz also beat back repeated suggestions from Blitzer his Oversight Committee subpoena President Trump's tax returns, arguing "I'm not going to go on this fishing expedition that the Democrats want us to go into.
"He's required by law to do a financial disclosure, which — by all accounts — he has done and is complete," he said. "I've never heard anybody complain specifically about that.
"He should have introduced and made his tax returns available. He hasn't done that, but that is optional.
"There is no way to suggest he's profiting from, in an inordinary way, from the fact that he's the president of the United States," the congressman later added. "He does have vast interests in a variety of things.
"You can go look at the financial disclosures.
"But if there is something that rose to the surface that was extraordinary, of course, we would look at it," Chaffetz said. "I don't see the evidence of that."
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