Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination hearings

20 March, 2017, 21:37 | Author: Valerie Burke

CBN News' Jennifer Wishon addressed that question and more on The 700 Club.

This is day one of the confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Preparing for a Senate showdown requires focus, intense research and looking your best. After the event with senators and progressives in front of the court last week, volunteers and staff delivered petitions with over a million signatures, they said, urging senators from both parties to oppose Gorsuch's nomination.

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he was "confident" that Gorsuch would get the 60 votes necessary for confirmation. "Now they're arguing that the Senate should rubber-stamp their nominees selected by extreme interest groups and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes".

The most consistent message from Democrats, however, has been to claim that Gorsuch will not be able to be an independent check on the president who nominated him.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus has said that Mr Gorsuch is a judge with "the vision of Donald Trump".

Gorsuch has quietly made the rounds of Senate offices and mostly avoided controversy. Today, he'll have the chance to speak for himself when he's grilled by members of the Senate judiciary committee at his confirmation hearing.

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Grassley has said he expects "high interest" in his committtee's hearing this week. Ms Perry explained that even ardent Democrat, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy had voted several times for Republican nominees for the Court.

"I can just hear the cries of protest, accusations that he favors certain parties and is hostile to others, and threats of filibuster", he said, revealing that is the circuit court record of Justice Sonia Sotomayor as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Democrats will also use the hearing to go after Trump's early actions such as his travel ban for people from seven - then revised to six - majority-Muslim countries, which has been blocked by federal courts from coast to coast.

Ms Perry mentioned that was not the case with Justice David Souter was seen as a "stealth nominee" because of his lack of federal judicial experience and absence of many published legal opinions.

"The Democrats have been the majority; they're in the minority. This is basically the deliberative part of government which makes us unique", he continued. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, the delegation from Gorsuch's home state of Colorado, will introduce the judge.

"The seriousness with which the judge asked us to consider these realities reflected his desire to make us aware of them, not any animus against a career or group", he wrote.

Many evangelical leaders are excited that the president followed through on a pledge to appoint a pro-life justice. And others will use the hearings to raise concerns about the direction of the Roberts Court in the Trump Era, given the large array of critical issues that could soon come before SCOTUS, including some that were stalled a year ago due to a deadlocked Court awaiting Scalia's replacement. That will change this week as the hearings give Democratic senators a chance to press Gorsuch on issues like judicial independence, given Trump's attacks on the judiciary, as well as what they view as Gorsuch's own history of siding with corporations in his 10 years on the bench.

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