Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday that it might be appropriate to delay the Supreme Court confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as a cloud hangs over President Trump’s administration.
Pointing to recent statements by FBI Director James Comey confirming an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and whether Trump associates were in contact with Moscow, Hickenlooper said the U.S. Senate might want to consider slowing down.
Comey spoke Monday before lawmakers during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, adding that the FBI had “no information” to support Trump’s claim that President Obama wiretapped him.
The statements from the FBI director raises questions as to whether the Trump administration has been lying to the American public and colluding against national interests.
“We’re already hearing people say, ‘If this is a legitimate cloud about the legitimacy of this presidency, should he be appointing the next Supreme Court (justice) until we get this resolved?’” Hickenlooper said.
“I do think that this casts some level of a cloud … It’s disconcerting to anybody.
“If it turned out to be true … it would be considered one of the worst acts against this country’s security probably in history.”
Hickenlooper said there is precedent to delay the confirmation, noting that the Republican-controlled Senate historically blocked Obama’s Supreme Court appointment of Merrick Garland, who was considered to be a middle-of-the-road candidate for the high court. The governor highlighted a sense of retribution.
“I wouldn’t hold it against Democrats to say, ‘Maybe we should slow this down.’ There are real questions about what happened to Merrick Garland, and I think those actions, just like elections, have consequences,” Hickenlooper said.
“Maybe we should wait another four or five months and see what this investigation proves.”
Still, the governor seemed impressed with Gorsuch, a native of Colorado.
“As a Coloradans and as the governor of Colorado, I’m honored to have someone as talented as Judge Gorsuch representing our state,” the governor said. “By every measure, he has an intellect and a level of legal training that is in the top 1 percent, probably one-tenth of 1 percent.
“I think if the politics weren’t so distorted he would probably get a large majority, but the politics are distorted right now.”
One of Colorado’s biggest stars, Broncos great John Elway, caused a stir this week when he weighed into the Gorsuch debate by endorsing the federal appellate judge in a letter written on Broncos letterhead.
Hickenlooper laughed that he would not be doing the same.
“For me to insert myself into this would be a fool’s errand, and I have enough of my own fool’s errands,” Hickenlooper joked. “I don’t have to look for any more.”