Trump's High Court Pick Begins Confirmation Process

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2017

In the wake of his untimely passing last February, this lion of the law left behind a legacy of faithfully applying the law and upholding the principles enshrined by the Founders in our Constitution.

Orrin Hatch urged his colleagues against politicizing confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as the Senate Judiciary Committee began questioning the federal appellate judge Monday.

They come 13 months after Justice Antonin Scalia's death created a vacancy on the high court.

It is this potential that also worries many Democrats. The court decides only about 80 cases each year and chooses those from 7,000 to 8,000 lower-court cases that parties want to appeal to the court.

What if, for example, Gorsuch's record on the appeals court showed he voted against the plaintiff in 83 percent of immigration cases, against the defendant in 92 percent of criminal cases, denied race claims more than 80 percent of the time, and agreed with other Republican-appointed judges 95 percent of the time, Hatch said. "We've heard all that stuff before". If I thought that were true I'd hang up the robe.

"We're not hearing from enough of the Democratic senators that they will fight this nomination with everything they have".

"The separation of powers is just as critical today as it was during the last Administration", Grassley said.

What Gorsuch nearly certainly won't do is share his views on hot-button issues that could come before him on the Supreme Court - including abortion, transgender rights, and Trump's travel ban.

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President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee goes before a Senate committee starting Monday as a heavy favorite, given Republican control, to win confirmation to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court. "He's going to keep you busy". Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen.

A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch says that during her class, he implied that women "intentionally manipulate companies", that they "use" their companies to obtain maternity benefits and then leave the company after their babies are born.

"So far he has failed to be clear and forthcoming to any of us who have asked those questions", Blumenthal said.

Several Democrats used their opening statements to emphasize the importance of judicial independence given Trump's approach to the presidency.

Leahy said Republicans are now pressing to "rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups".

"I think Harry Reid made a grave mistake", Manchin commented.

It's up to the committee's Democrats to make sure Gorsuch does not get away with dodging questions in this fashion.

Neither will get a chance to do so until Gorsuch's nomination hits the Senate floor, since Democratic Sen. Congress agreed. In an era where bipartisan consensus in Washington has become an increasingly scarce commodity, Judge Gorsuch received unanimous support from the United States Senate, garnering the approval of 11 Democrats still serving today, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Originalism rejects all judicial decision making that does not adhere to the text of the Constitution as written, something that more moderate and liberal justices have long rejected because of the many issues they face that the framers could never have anticipated that require nuanced interpretations.

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