Trump Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch faces Senate hearing

Trump Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch faces Senate hearing

Leahy initially had tried to get the 10th Circuit Court judge to comment on the notion of a "religious litmus test for entry into the United States", in apparent reference to Trump's attempt to suspend immigration and travel from six mostly Muslim countries and the refugee program. And that is where Gorsuch says he has a debate with his students, weighing the pros and cons in a "Socratic dialogue" on how to answer that question.

They include West Virginia's Joe Manchin and Florida's Bill Nelson, both undecided on Gorsuch, their spokesmen told Reuters. Strategically, Democrats could choose to hold some resistance tools in reserve for the next Supreme Court nomination, which might shift the court's balance more than the Gorsuch-for-Scalia swap.

As Gorsuch's testimony headed into early Wednesday evening, the Judiciary Committee was expected to meet in executive session to discuss a background check for the nominee, and then offer Senators a third chance to ask Gorsuch brief questions.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., questioned Gorsuch on the Constitution's "emoluments clause", which states the president can not accept gifts from foreign agents without approval from Congress.

"The Democrats on the committee.tried to peel back your professional and carefully guarded persona so that we might understand whether there's any chance there's a beating heart and an independent streak in Donald Trump's most important decision of his nascent presidency", Sen.

But the rancor allowed Gorsuch himself an opening to paint himself as a calm unifier, who pledged to use the high court to "apply the law in the people's disputes" and not "to make new laws".

A ruling made by US Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch in a federal appeals court has been struck down 8-0 by the Supreme Court. It's vintage Gorsuch and a tactic he has used throughout the hearing: Talk about cases, explain precedent, but never go too far to tip his hand. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the panel must inquire if Gorsuch is "a reasonable mainstream conservative, or is he not".

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These people, not working-class Americans, are the people whom Ryan and the House Republicans are working for and dissembling for. Census data states the uninsured rate went from 22.1 percent, to 17.1 percent, since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

On these issues alone - originalism and fundamental liberties - the senators could find from his answers a blueprint to his thinking, and Judge Gorsuch could reply in meaningful ways without prejudging any cases.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., pressing Gorsuch on the issue of campaign finance, said "commentators" now describe the Supreme Court "as instruments of the Republican Party". He said that was a matter that should be handled through legislation. He is an adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado and he wrote a 2009 book arguing against the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia.

In a review of Gorsuch's record, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law found that he "almost always" voted in favor of school districts over those with disabilities. "Ours is a judiciary of honest black polyester", he said, making the point that judges are not the leading lights in a democracy but rather occupy a "modest station".

Most of the focus Tuesday turned to Day 2 in Gorsuch's confirmation process.

Well, guess what? The case was a bit more complicated than Gorsuch relishing an opportunity to punish working-class Americans. I do not know of any other Supreme Court nominee who was selected by interest groups, rather than by a president in consultation with the Senate, as required by the Constitution.

Manchin said at the Post event that he plans to meet again with Gorsuch before deciding how to vote. The truth is, I think my career is better than that. "Can it happen? Anything can happen".