Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the panel.
"I'm deeply disappointed that it's under these circumstances that we begin our hearings", Sen.
But Gorsuch advanced a conservative vision of his role as a judge and possible future justice, arguing that even if he doesn't like the result of a case, that does not mean the legal reasoning isn't sound. That is because a federal judge must always rule based on "what the law requires", he added.
There are now 114 vacancies across the federal courts, affording Trump an unprecedented opportunity to recast the direction of the federal judiciary.
It will take 60 votes on the Senate floor to advance Gorsuch's nomination, meaning that he must attract the support of at least eight Democrats since Republicans hold only 52 seats in the closely divided chamber. Maybe. But then again, maybe that's too old school. "Women wouldn't be entitled to equal protection under the law and government discrimination against LGBT Americans would be permitted".
"America needs a Supreme Court justice who will protect the Constitution, not one who will countenance the faith or fear of some as a justification for infringing the liberty of many", Democratic Sen.
Durbin said he would press Gorsuch to explain several of his decisions that sided with corporations and against employees. Judge Gorsuch was picked from a list provided to President Trump when he was a candidate.
The first case involves a truck driver who was dismissed for abandoning his cargo during freezing winter conditions.
"That he comes down on side of religious liberty, even when it significantly infringes on the autonomy and liberty interests of large numbers of people, I think that's an interesting area worthy of further explanation", says Sen.
The allegations by Jennifer Sisk and a second unidentified student who took a class under Gorsuch at the University of Colorado were first released by the the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) on 19 March 2017.
Comey, appearing before the House Intelligence Committee along with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, confirmed for the first time publicly on Monday that the FBI was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, including communications between Trump associates and Russian officials. "The judge was very matter-of-fact in that we would face hard decisions; he himself recalled working late nights when he had a young child with whom he wished to share more time".
"Such a change in law would dramatically affect how laws passed by Congress can be properly carried out", Feinstein said.
"We are witnessing a singular moment of constitutional and democratic unease", she said, referring to what she described as attacks against the press and religious minorities by the Trump administration and the effort by Russian Federation to undermine the 2016 USA presidential election.
"You have a special obligation to be forthcoming about your views - not to prejudge the merits of a particular case before the court - but to share your view of long-standing precedents, that the president who nominated you indicated would be overturned", Democratic Sen.
Neil Gorsuch is sworn in on the first day of his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee.
"I've gone through his cases and I don't think that that can hold water and I think he'll demonstrate that very clearly", Grassley said. They describe Gorsuch as thoughtful, considerate and fair-minded.
Other conservative legal commentators were similarly pleased.
Gorsuch's comments came after almost four hours of opening statements by the Senators on the committee and responded to Democratic concerns that he often sides with corporations at the expense of individuals.
In what may have been an oblique reference to President Trump's attacks on judges who have ruled against him, Gorsuch thanked "my fellow judges across the country". Lindsey Graham told colleagues he believed the day's partisan posturing was exacerbating a politicized confirmation process.