Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Gorsuch confirmation hearings underway

Gorsuch confirmation hearings underway

Tuesday should bring the first round of questions and first indication whether the Democrats will give the nominee a rough time.

Gorsuch's entry to the committee room caused a lighthearted moment because there was such a din of shutter clicks from media photographers that the 49-year-old appeals court judge couldn't keep a straight face as he sat down at the witness table. He continued, "That power is retained by the people, acting through their elected representatives".

His remarks were followed by California Sen.

Democrats, meanwhile, repeatedly invoked Garland, who was denied a hearing by Senate Republicans during an election year after Scalia's death in February 2016.

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearings today on Gorsuch's nomination to the high the court.

"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".

Senate Republicans hold a 52-48 advantage right now, and Democrats could try to filibuster Gorsuch's nomination. He has come under intense pressure - from both the left and right - to make a decision on the home-state judge. "Our job is to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable mainstream conservative or is he not", Feinstein said on Monday.

Sisk wrote that a few students raised their hands affirmatively when asked if they knew women who'd used companies for maternity benefits, but that Gorsuch prodded the class to agree that they knew women who'd manipulated companies in such a way. "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 three million votes". The committee will then vote, and it'll move to the Senate floor. You can listen to our podcast on the Gorsuch nomination below, and read my op ed in the San Francisco Daily Journal on the topic here as well.

The committee, which began confirmation hearings Monday, is slated to vote on his nomination by April 3.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joked that he was certainly no fan of Trump during the campaign and made the case that Republicans didn't blockade Garland's nomination to allow Trump to make a nomination because a lot of them didn't believe Trump would win. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said, referring to Republicans' refusal to even meet with Obama's nominee to the court, Merrick Garland.

Gorsuch - a respected, highly credentialed judge and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - is President Trump's high court nominee.

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