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Preview of What to Expect with Gorsuch Hearings

20 March 2017, 09:11 | Jodi Jackson

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Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, will begin his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

"The judge's job, our nominee says, is to deliver on the promise that 'all litigants, rich or poor, mighty or meek, will receive equal protection under the law and due process for their grievances, '" said Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican.

"Something is seriously wrong when the confirmation process for a Supreme Court justice resembles an election campaign for political office", said Hatch, who has served on the committee for 40 years and participated in 14 high court confirmation hearings.

His remarks were followed by California Sen.

He said he "thought" that is what the Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to do, pointing to the rumours that Democrats could challenge Mr Gorsuch's nomination with a filibuster due to Mr Garland's treatment. Sixty seven Senators would have to vote to not give Democrats a way to oppose Mr Gorsuch's nomination. As dozens of photographers took his picture after he sat down, he got a laugh from the room by turning toward the crowd, raising his hands and grinning.

In a letter to leading members of the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained by BuzzFeed News, 19 organizations anxious Gorsuch may stymie attempts to expand legal protections, saying, "We have concluded that his views on civil rights issues are fundamentally at odds with the notion that LGBT people are entitled to equality, liberty, justice and dignity under the law".

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, thinks Gorsuch will likely get some support from Democrats.

Gorsuch is expected to clear both votes, considering Republicans have the Senate majority.

Considering how little anyone knew about the 49 year-old Colorado Appeals Court judge it is a hasty timeline, and one that some Democrats say isn't long enough.

At the time, Sisk found the line of reasoning so concerning that she raised it the assistant dean and then-dean at the law school, who assured her they would talk to Gorsuch about it at the end of the term.

Discussing the need for an independent jurist, Grassley said, "Good judges understand this". "We've heard all that stuff before".

Feinstein looking ready to grill Gorsuch when she first met him in early February. "'The committee simply must have materials fully documenting your role in important litigation about executive power during the administration of President George W. Bush'".

"I don't expect Democrats to filibuster this nomination". Gorsuch told lawmakers in private meetings he found those comments "disheartening" and "demoralizing".

The president announced Neil Gorsuch as his pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia in January.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48.

So what to make of former Arkansas governor and perennial Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's suggestion last week that President Trump simply ignore the federal courts blocking his travel bans and do as he wishes?

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