Trump's High Court Pick Begins Confirmation Process

20 March, 2017, 22:16 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Neil Gorsuch

Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was nominated to fill replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley will be at the center of today's confirmation hearing for the man President Trump has nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dozens of fellow former law clerks of federal appeals judge David Sentelle have written to the Senate calling for quick confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

"They're going to ask him to give his view on cases, and he's going to try to not give his view on any case", said Brian Fitzpatrick, a Vanderbilt University law professor who previously worked on Supreme Court nominations for Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas. When asked about a particular area of law or case the Supreme Court has decided, the stock answers are, "That case is established precedent", "That issue may come before the Court, so I can not comment at this time" and "Let me give you a lecture about this area of the law" - the equivalent of laughing in the face of the question-asker.

Republicans will likely need the support of 60 of the Senate's 100 members to move to a confirmation vote on Gorsuch, and with a 52-48 majority, they'll need at least eight Democrats to support the jurist.

The Republican lawmaker also spent time Monday defending his own controversial votes to confirm the more liberal Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor - even as he said he doesn't necessarily agree with their interpretation of the law.

Gorsuch proceeded to say that all of his students' hands should have been raised because "many" women used their employers for maternity benefits and then left after giving birth, Sisk said in her letter. Schumer said last week that he did not think Republicans wanted to go that route.

The NELA published additional documents they said support Sisk's claim, including a Facebook post from the day after the alleged incident, an email exchange between Sisk and school staff and an affidavit from an anonymous former student of Gorsuch providing similar details of the incident. I'm, for instance, a democrat. 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.

"In recent months I've heard that "now more than ever" we need a justice who is independent, and who respects the separation of powers", Grassley said.

Filibuster attempts against Supreme Court nominations are rare.

Gorsuch will appear before senators later Monday looking to pin him down on his conservative philosophy.

They said legal ethics courses often involve discussing hard topics and argued that just because a professor engages his students in such conversations, it doesn't necessarily mean the professor espouses a viewpoint raised in the hypothetical scenario.

Neil Gorsuch prepares for Senate questions.

"Committee Republicans went behind closed doors and declared that they would surrender the independence of this committee to do the majority leader's bidding and they ignored the Constitution in the process", the Vermont Democrat continued.

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