What Gorsuch says about Trump, abortion, travel ban

Sen. Orrin Hatch is Utah's senior USA senator.

Many of the Democrats are ready to put up a fight, having not forgiven the Republicans for blocking a confirmation hearing on Judge Merrick Garland, the highly regarded, liberal appeals court judge who was President Obama's choice to replace Scalia.

"I accept the law of the land, senator, yes", Gorsuch replied. "And maybe that's a virtue, I don't know".

He said he is "shocked" that women are still asked that question.

Sen. Hirono addressed Judge Neal Gorusch at his confirmation hearing Monday in Washington.

"I think President Trump, with all of his problems and all of his mistakes, chose wisely when it came to this man", Sen. "And my questions over the coming days will draw on their experience, as well as my own". Justice Department lawyer John Yoo had justified the dragnet on the grounds that Congress could not infringe on the president's inherent power to conduct national security searches. I will say this: "It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination", Trump said at the time.

She added, "In our courtesy meeting, you said you have a heart".

Even at earlier hearings, Gorsuch continued to avoid making any pronouncement on the revised travel ban signed by Trump on March 6 to temporarily bar U.S. entry to refugees and the citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, a measure that has since been blocked by two federal judges.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he expects the Senate will vote on Gorsuch's nomination in early April, before the Senate recesses on April 10 for Passover and Easter.

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Did Gorsuch find the EEOC's guidance to be "persuasive", Durbin asked?

Republicans hold 52 of the Senate's 100 seats.

The SCOTUS nominee did not commit to how he would rule on any case involving Roe v. Wade or any other potential issue. With a number of other judges near 80 years old - or beyond - the current President might possibly be able to dramatically alter the make-up of the Supreme Court before he leaves office.

A Nebraska senator will sit in judgment.

Senate Democrats may not like his judicial philosophy and may be suspicious of how he might rule on big issues.

Patrick Leahy - the ranking Democrat when Garland was nominated - used his opening statement to call the Republican obstruction of Garland's nomination one of the "greatest stains" in the judiciary committee's more than 200-year history.

Gorsuch said several cases in which he had ruled for corporations over workers "don't represent the body of my work". This list was curated by the Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing a radical agenda of the diminishment of individual and civil rights.

Gorsuch says he was just reading out of an ethics law textbook that asked what a woman would do if an older male partner asked if she was meant to get pregnant soon.


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