President Donald Trump falsely accused Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut of lying about words spoken by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Blumenthal went on CNN to say that he had a private meeting with Gorsuch, who said he found Trump's attacks on federal judges presiding over the lawsuit against the president's executive order that bans people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country "demoralizing" and "disheartening."
"He said very specifically that they were demoralizing and disheartening and he characterized them very specifically that way," Blumenthal said of Gorsuch. "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."
Trump then attacked Blumenthal for lying.
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"Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?" Trump wrote on Twitter.
But minutes after Trump's tweet, Gorsuch spokesperson Ron Bonjean confirmed to CNN that Gorsuch indeed spoke those words.
Trump's tweet about Blumenthal's military record has also been criticized.
CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that Blumenthal "served honorably in the Marine Reserves during the Vietnam War era. Others sought deferments."
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In 2010, The New York Times found that Blumenthal had repeatedly lied about serving in Vietnam. He had also sought deferments while he attended Harvard, pursued a graduate fellowship in England, worked as a special assistant to a Washington Post executive, and then again as an assistant in the Nixon White House.
In total, he sought five deferments before ultimately signing up for a "coveted" spot in the U.S. Marines, which "virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam."
Although he never left U.S. soil as a Marine Reserve, Blumenthal often spoke about the trials and tribulations of coming back from Vietnam.
"When we returned, we saw nothing like this," Blumenthal told a crowd in 2003 when troops returned from Iraq. "Let us do better by this generation of men and women."