Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Democrats Criticize Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch As Pro

Democrats Criticize Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch As Pro

Republicans control the Senate and they can change the chamber's rules to make it easier to confirm Mr Gorsuch if any attempt is made to block him. Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, raised the issue just days after Gorsuch's nomination: "It's a serious concern with a president who attacks the judiciary and seems to not respect the rule of law and the Constitution that you have a really independent justice". Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes".

"Given today's bombshell remarks by Director James Comey confirming publicly for the first time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia-and Russia's intervention in the 2016 election-the Senate Judiciary Committee must immediately pause any consideration of Judge Gorsuch's nomination until the truth can come out".

Garland, as you may remember, was President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. Garland and Gorsuch were nominated to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly in February 2016. Blumenthal said he had prepared "tough but respectful" questions for hearings this week. Now, she said, it is the committee's task "to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable mainstream conservative, or is he not?" In statements praising him after the nomination, key Republican lawmakers also highlighted what they called his close reading of text of the law.

The questioning of Gorsuch will begin on Tuesday, March 21st, with testimony by outside legal experts as well as the American Bar Association expected to follow. Even before Obama announced Garland as his nominee, Republicans in the Senate, who held the majority, said that they would not act on the nomination, citing the fact that it was a presidential election year.

Multiple other Democrats cited the so-called "frozen trucker" case, in which Gorsuch dissented against a man who was sacked for abandoning his truck in sub-zero temperatures when he feared for his health.

JUDY WOODRUFF: All this amidst a bitter backdrop for Democrats, after Republicans past year blocked Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. I think the record shows that we can be confident he will read the law as written and not legislate from the bench.

"The nominee before us today is not President Trump", said Senator Thom Tillis (R, North Carolina).

Gorsuch has been shepherded through the nomination process by former U.S. Sen. An earlier executive order was blocked, and last week a revised order was also blocked by the courts.

Hawaii's other senator, Democrat Brian Schatz, does not sit on Senate Judiciary. And a large part of the threat comes from the man who nominated you.

On and beyond the Judiciary Committee, Republicans will try to depict Gorsuch as a slam-dunk selection that only a radicalized Democratic Party terrified by its lefty-lefty base could possibly oppose.

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