Blumenthal To Question Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2017

Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet will introduce Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday to kick of his confirmation hearings.

Monday is the first day of four hearings on Gorsuch a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, likely to carry on the conservative legacy of Scalia and be an early legacy-establishing win for Trump.

The court's ideological balance is at stake.

Hatch said when taking his seat on the appeals court, Gorsuch swore to administer justice without respect to persons and to impartially discharge his judicial duties. The seat has been vacant for 13 months, since the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Richard Blumenthal will be looking for Trump's Supreme Court nominee to demonstrate a willingness to stand up to the president.

Graham also applauded Gorsuch's educational background and said that he should be proud of the way he's handled himself on the court. However, with Republicans controlling the majority of the Senate, Gorsuch's confirmation appears inevitable. Ms Perry explained that even ardent Democrat, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy had voted several times for Republican nominees for the Court.

However during his opening statement, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham asked how any Senator could say that Mr Gorsuch was unqualified for the job.

"I just want you to know, from my point of view, you're every bit as qualified as Justices Sotomayor and Kagan". "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups, and nominated by a President who lost the popular vote by almost three million votes".

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But it is unclear if they will try to block Mr Gorsuch's confirmation.

Gorsuch "implied that women intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage" them, Sisk said in a letter to lawmakers last week. Some Democrats have already signaled their opposition to Gorsuch's nomination, although it is unclear how many of them there are.

"They see this as President Trump fulfilling a campaign promise that he made and that was something that really unified a lot of evangelicals that may have had some concerns about Trump the candidate", said Marx. Rather, Gorsuch "was very matter-of-fact in that we would face hard decisions", recalling his own late nights while he had a young child.

Gorsuch has quietly made the rounds of Senate offices and mostly avoided controversy.

Durbin also told the judge, "You're going to have your hands full with this president", who has attacked individual judges who ruled against him.

If he gets the job, he'd be reaching the pinnacle of his legal career at only 49 years old. But delay tactics by Democrats could lead Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to exercise procedural manoeuvrs of his own to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold now in place for Supreme Court nominations, and with it any Democratic leverage to influence the next Supreme Court fight.

"The only way it happens is if the Democrats mount and sustain a successful filibuster and the Republicans refuse to go nuclear or invoke the two-speech rule", Malcolm said. Dianne Feinstein of California, gave a preview of Democrats' approach during her opening statement when she said the committee must determine whether Gorsuch is a mainstream conservative and whether he will protect the legal and constitutional rights of all Americans.

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