Gorsuch emphasized "the importance of an independent judiciary".
In past hearings, the questions have centered around the nominee's legal qualifications, decisions as a judge, positions on political issues, interpretations of the Constitution, general legal philosophy and current legal controversies. For the executive to ensure those laws are faithfully enforced.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recounted Monday some of the policies of previous presidents that could have been wielded against Democratic Supreme Court nominees to show the hypocrisy of the questions being asked of President Trump's nominee, Judge Gorsuch. Since Scalia's death, the court has been split 4-4 between conservatives and liberals.
Gorsuch's entry to the committee room caused a lighthearted moment because there was such a din of shutter clicks from media photographers that the 49-year-old appeals court judge couldn't keep a straight face as he sat down at the witness table. That's compared to 24 percent who expressed a negative view of the nominee,
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. Forty-one percent said they would not be justified in doing so. The more partisan his confirmation hearing gets, and the more the battle lines are drawn, the harder it could be for the GOP to round up the eight votes they would then need.
-Jennifer Sisk, a lawyer in Colorado who took a class with Neil Gorsuch in the spring semester 2016, writing a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee about comments the judge supposedly made in class. "Some of my colleagues seem to have rediscovered an appreciation for the need to confine each branch of government to its proper sphere". "His grasp on the separation of powers_including judicial independence_enlivens his body of work", Grassley said in prepared remarks ahead of the hearing.
The senator, a Democrat, said she is concerned about the working poor, Muslim Americans who are the victims of hate crimes, preserving the choice of women in health care and protecting the rights of gays and lesbians.
Leahy said Republicans are now pressing to "rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups".
The disclaimer (and covering fire) follows an intense examination of Gorscuh and his record in the aftermath of his January 31 nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald Trump.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Some Democrats also aimed their attacks at President Trump.
"I am deeply disappointed that it is under these circumstances that we begin these hearings", California's Sen. "And we are here today to fight back". The bar is always high to achieve a seat on the Supreme Court, but in these unusual times - when there is unprecedented stress on our system of checks and balances - the bar is even higher for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to demonstrate independence.
The government witness list also names police investigators and university staff who knew about earlier complaints about Sandusky. Prosecutors say Spanier and two of his former top lieutenants dealt with complaints about Sandusky more than 15 years ago.
So far, OPEC has delivered almost all the cutbacks it promised, mostly because Saudi Arabia has pulled back more than it agreed. The price action would be more bearish on a move below the 38.2% of the move up from the June 2016 low at the $47.60.
Until March 25, you can get a free copy of Mass Effect Andromeda with any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console bundle. I'm not a die-hard Mass Effect loyalist and didn't hold up unrealistic hopes for this game.
It seems Canadians have had enough with the hundreds of asylum seekers entering the country from the US. Those polled were split over whether or not illegal border crossers would make Canada less safe.
Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would not vote for the measure without additional changes to provide more aid to older Americans. Three of Pennsylvania's 13 congressional Republicans have said they plan to vote "no" on the bill, each citing different reasons.
Joe Mendoza, while the man was in the station, a deputy learned that he was wanted on a $40,000 felony warrant. Two armored vehicles entered the parking lot about 8 a.m., with one of the vehicles approaching the SUV.
By reclaiming the American version of Top Gear , the network will air two versions of the same show by year's end. Each week, a new celebrity will compete for the best time on the " Top Gear " studio and track, Speed Vegas.
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One his assistants, David Laryea, also from Ghana, had charges against him dismissed by Fifa's disciplinary committee. The 42-year-old Lamptey joined FIFA's list of worldwide referees in 2005 but was never selected for a World Cup.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ promotional materials surface
The Korean tech giant is expected to introduce the Galaxy S8 with curved displays covering the entire front of the smartphone. The fingerprint sensor will be on the back, based on numerous reports and leaked images, and it won't be in the best location.