Gorsuch: Role 'not about politics' during confirmation hearingPor Fresco Pimienta Mar 21, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces a grueling day of questioning from Democrats on Tuesday on how he might rule on contentious social issues like abortion and whether he is sufficiently independent from the man who picked him, President Donald Trump. Gorsuch, a spiritual successor to Scalia, was nominated by President Donald Trump nearly two months ago in a move to restore a conservative majority to the Supreme Court.
During the opening day of Gorsuch's confirmation hearing, Democrats consistently noted the GOP's refusal to provide Garland due consideration. The Senate is expected to vote on the nomination before they adjourn for a recess on April 7.
Indeed, when Scalia died, President Barack Obama had nearly a year left in office, so it seemed likely that he would get to select the Court's next justice. Especially given Gorsuch's Oxford doctorate in legal philosophy, they can get at some deeper jurisprudential or philosophical issues without asking the nominee to either comment on pending cases (like the immigration executive orders) or generate out-of-context fodder for the evening news (anything about Roe v. Wade). "So, Judge Gorsuch, we need to know what's in your heart".
"We live in a unique time", he said. Another student from the class, whose identity has been kept anonymous, submitted a declaration to the committee explaining that in class discussion Gorsuch was highly skeptical about female attorneys being able to balance work and a family.
Judge Gorsuch understands that the protections set forth in our Constitution, including the separation of powers, federalism and the Bill of Rights, provide Americans with an indispensable safeguard against government overreach.
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee kicks off the nomination hearing for Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left open on the Supreme Court when Justice Scalia passed away.
Still, Democrats are still seething that former President Barack Obama's initial nominee for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland, was never given a vote or even a confirmation hearing during the election year.
"We're here today under very unusual circumstances", Sen.
The hearing began with addresses from the chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley, and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein. "But I just don't think that's what a life in the law is about", Judge Gorsuch said.
Moreover, the Republican argument that placing the Supreme Court nomination on the presidential ballot made for a "more direct democracy" edges on ridiculous.
She continued, "The Supreme Court shapes our society".
Few individuals over the last century have impacted the American legal discourse as profoundly as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Will we be a compassionate and tolerant America that embraced my mother, my brothers and me?.
As a result, it is not surprising that, in the run-up to the Senate proceedings, the judge's critics mounted a campaign to discredit what they have labeled a "sham" theory of constitutional interpretation or to fault what they see as Gorsuch's hypocritical or merely instrumental use of it. Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases, in which the plaintiffs argued for an exemption from the contraception mandate in Obama's signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act, citing their religious beliefs.
"Among questions Gorsuch likely will face will be whether he is sufficiently independent from Trump, who has criticized judges for ruling against his bid to block people from a group of Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States".
"This is the most unique body in the world, the United States Senate. It is time for this confirmation process to move forward and we're calling on the Senate to confirm Judge Gorsuch without delay".
Katyal is so confident in Gorsuch that he made up a new word for him: "Humability". The Democrat also noted Gorsuch was nominated by Trump, who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes.
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