Day 1 Of Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will preside during the hearing.

Grassley continued by praising Gorsuch's record in that area, saying "his grasp on the separation of powers - including judicial independence - enlivens his body of work".

Gorsuch, while nominated by Trump, has already spoken out against the President's attacks against US judges in the wake of his overturned travel ban. Pressure has been mounting on democrats to give Gorsuch the "Garland treatment" - that is not to vote to confirm the judge for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacated seat by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Advocates also cited cases related to employment accommodations, restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities, discrimination claims and other circumstances where they say Gorsuch took a narrow view of civil rights protections.

Republicans hope to complete the confirmation process by April. President Bush's two nominees, John Roberts and Samuel.

"I am concerned when I hear that Judge Gorsuch is an originalist and a strict constructionist".

Gorsuch hearings begin Monday, March 20th.

His ruling, many experts said, contracted to some degree previous Supreme Court rulings that found monopolists like Microsoft could be in violation of antitrust laws by refusing to deal with rivals. Some Democratic senators - such as Oregon's Jeff Merkley - have spoken out forcefully against him, but most have not.

"If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court, then you had to believe Trump was going to win to begin with".

"My law clerks tell me that 97% of those 2,700 cases I decided [on the 10th Circuit] were decided unanimously", Gorsuch said, "and that I've been in the majority 99% of the time".

Another Democrat, U.S. Sen. That freezing night was "not as cold as your dissent, Judge Gorsuch", Democratic Sen. "I would encourage my colleagues to carefully consider the nominee on the merits and nothing else".

Gorsuch's entry to the committee room caused a lighthearted moment because there was such a din of shutter clicks from media photographers that the 49-year-old appeals court judge couldn't keep a straight face as he sat down at the witness table. You and I and the American people know whose responsibility it is to correct a law that produces a result that you dislike.

While the majority of Democrats are expected to oppose Gorsuch's nomination, there has been palpable frustration among progressive activists that more of them have not yet publicly declared which way they intend to vote.

As NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg noted, "Supreme Court scholars and practitioners on the right and left may disagree about whether they want to see Gorsuch confirmed, but in general there is little doubt about the nominee's conservatism". But as that vote - with the 60-vote threshold - is technically a procedural vote, some Democrats may be tempted to vote in favor of it as a compromise and not risk being labeled an obstructionist.

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