Lawmaker: Dems prepared to use 'every tool' to block Gorsuch
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 18:02
Lindsey Graham, has met with 72 senators ahead of his confirmation hearings. Tell Michael Bennet: "'put a Coloradan on the Supreme Court'". A confirmation hearing with no sparks and no controversy is a surefire path to a seat on the court.
Gorsuch has met privately with 72 senators, and for the past week has been holed up with former clerks and Trump administration aides for mock hearings known as "murder boards", practicing for his public grilling. "So I was surprised sitting in this class, hearing this in April of 2016, and thinking that even a professor that I respected, that I see as so bright, so well-versed in the law, could also not only hold these views, but was so comfortable expressing them to a room full of law students, including female law students that he the same semester had offered to mentor".
According to the Senate's records, since the Supreme Court was established in 1789, 124 presidential nominees were confirmed to the Supreme Court out of 162 nominees.
And conservative groups have launched rounds of TV and web ads targeting vulnerable Democrats in their home states. Though exact numbers are hard to come by, the liberals clearly are being outspent by wide margins.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) plans to spend $10 million on targeted advertisements to boost Gorsuch's bid to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the court.
A man of impeccable credentials, universal admiration and traditional legal values, Judge Neil Gorsuch has consistently employed the same principled approach to interpreting the law as the man he has been nominated to replace.
Liberal activists' search for dirt on Neil Gorsuch has come up empty.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said last week that Gorsuch's record shows he has a "right-wing, pro-corporate, special-interest agenda". "It is the flesh and blood and embodiment of American justice".
Tuesday should bring the first round of questions and first indication whether the Democrats will give the nominee a rough time. Bob Casey and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch took to the senate floor last week in prebuttal.
Throughout his distinguished career, Judge Gorsuch has developed a reputation for impartially rendering legal decisions that support the basic tenets of the Constitution.
Sisk wrote that Gorsuch implied that women were often playing a long con where they "intentionally manipulate companies and plan to disadvantage their companies, starting from the first interview".
In truth, nominees answer as much as they have to. Three justices - Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg - are at least 78.
The conventional wisdom in Washington is that the fourth-generation Coloradan likely will be confirmed, barring a last-minute bombshell. As principal deputy associate attorney general from 2005 to 2006, he played a significant role in some of the controversies involving so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques", including waterboarding. "President Trump could nominate would they support", Ms. Ayotte said on Fox News. Some in the Senate will say that's enough to compel a vote against Gorsuch as a matter of principle, regardless of any case that can be made for Trump's choice.
"Judge Gorsuch's record is clear - so clear, in fact, that we already know he is an unacceptable nominee for the Supreme Court". They say the party shouldn't test the limits on the Gorsuch nomination since his approval won't change the ideological makeup of the court from when Justice Scalia served. Another line of attack previewed by Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is to focus on rulings Gorsuch, 49, has authored in which corporate interests won out over individual workers. Chairman Grassley will open, followed by ranking member Feinstein, and then alternating back and forth between Republicans and Democrats-Hatch, Leahy, Graham, Durbin, Cornyn, Whitehouse, Lee, Klobuchar, Cruz, Franken, Sasse, Coons, Flake, Blumenthal, Crapo, Hirono-and then finishing with the two most junior Republicans on the committee, Tillis and Kennedy. Democrats accused Senate Republicans of failing to do their job. Democrats can seek to use a procedural maneuver to block a confirmation vote if Gorsuch's supporters cannot muster 60 votes, although Republicans could change the Senate rules.
Asked about his intentions, Bennet said he was withholding his decision until after the confirmation hearings are complete - a posture similar to his stance on Judge Merrick Garland, whose nomination previous year by then-President Barack Obama was blocked by Republicans.