Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch emphasized the need for judicial independence as the Senate Judiciary Committee opened its confirmation hearing on Monday.
Senators can begin questioning Gorsuch this morning following yesterday's series of opening statements, in which Democrats laid bare their intense opposition to Trump. "Indeed, his conservative pedigree is the reason he was picked".
There is still a lot of resentment among Democrats that Republicans kept former President Obama's nominee Judge Merrick Garland from even getting a hearing.
Ayotte said in addition to accompanying Gorsuch during meetings with 72 officials on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, she has helped prepare him for the hearings. Each member of the committee will give an opening statement to make a case for why Neil should or should not be confirmed. This might be a good time for a strict constitutionalist - Gorsuch is supposedly one - to deliver a respectful observation about how, if we ignore our federal courts and the rule of law, we introduce anarchy to our constitutional republic.
"I didn't think it would've made any difference in terms of how other people voted", Graham said Monday. Michael Bennet, as well as Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general during the Obama administration who has been supportive of Gorsuch's nomination.
Nominees in the past have found ways to dodge answering hot-button questions, and Gorsuch is likely to do the same.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) meets with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in his Senate office. Trump has said Gorsuch, who cites Scalia as an inspiration, "has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support".
Cabinet nominations require a simple majority in the Senate, but Supreme Court justices need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, meaning eight Democrats would need to join all 52 Republicans to approve Gorsuch. We thoroughly reviewed his record in 2006 when he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
In addition, during the hearing, Democratic lawmakers criticised Gorsuch for the rulings he has issued in favour of large companies. Elizabeth Warren, have already said they intend to oppose his nomination, with the Cambridge Democrat publicly knocking him as a judge who's favored corporations over employees.
But the Judiciary committee will have the first say.
Smolla said one comment by Senator Lindsey Graham of SC stood out to him.
Gorsuch can expect a 10-hour grilling on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Democrats accused Senate Republicans of failing to do their job. Be that as it may, as many, many outlets, including pro-abortion liberal publications, acknowledge, the Republicans were under no obligation to hold confirmation hearings on him a year ago.