As Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing Begins, Feinstein Calls Him 'An Extremist'

21 March, 2017, 13:27 | Author: Benny Bass
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Following opening statements by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will deliver his opening statement at his confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C.

Neil Gorsuch returns to the hot seat Tuesday after making his case for why he should be the ninth justice to be seated on the U.S. Eleven female former Gorsuch clerks for Gorsuch have also submitted a letter to the committee in his support. Per the Chronicle - because the statement does not yet appear on the senator's website - Feinstein said that Gorsuch "has consistently sided with employers and corporate interests" and against reproductive rights for women, and that his record on the latter showed him to be a "pro-life extremist". Each member of the committee will give an opening statement to make a case for why Neil should or should not be confirmed.

Was Justice Kagan asked about President Obama's incendiary comments at the State of the Union attacking the Supreme Court for a decision he disagree with?

"I didn't think it would've made any difference in terms of how other people voted", Graham said Monday.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a hearing on Garland was a "truly historic dereliction of duty".

Gorsuch's nomination is of particular importance to Cruz, who fought Trump to the bitter end in the presidential race and for months declined to endorse the GOP nominee. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "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 3 million votes". However, it is not clear if they would do so, and Republicans could change Senate rules to require only a simple-majority vote for confirmation.

The California Democrat opened her comments by mentioning President Barack Obama's nominee for the same vacancy - federal appeals Judge Merrick Garland - whom Republicans blocked previous year from ever getting such a confirmation hearing or vote.

Bennet said Gorsuch has outstanding integrity and intellect but said it's tempting to deny him a hearing after Republicans refused to consider President Obama's nominee.

Grassley said to the judge at the start of the hearing: "If you hear that you're for some business or against some plaintiff - don't worry".

"The Judiciary Committee once stood against a court-packing scheme that would have eroded judicial independence".

Gorsuch needs nine Democrats to be confirmed. Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the Senate (two independents side with Democrats).

But he will be voting on Gorsuch when the nomination comes before the full Senate. It's been empty since Justice Antonin Scalia died more than a year ago.

Hawaii's other senator, Democrat Brian Schatz, does not sit on Senate Judiciary.

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