Neil Gorsuch vows political independence on Supreme Court

Hearings on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court begin today in Washington.

Cruz asked if, for example, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, who were appointed to the high court by former Democratic President Bill Clinton, were expected to address sexual harassment allegations against Clinton at their confirmation hearings.

At Monday's hearing, Leahy urged Gorsuch to answer all questions asked of him at the hearing "as clearly as possible".

"For all its imperfections, I believe the rule of law is truly a wonder", Gorsuch, dressed in a navy blue suit and tie, said in his opening statement. "I have no difficulty ruling against or for any party, other than based on what the law and facts in the particular case require". I have met Judge Gorsuch, and he has a lot of support from folks in Wyoming and the legal community - people on both sides of the political aisle - who I know and trust, and whose opinions I value.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has made it clear that he intends to confirm Gorsuch in the near term, telling Politico, "We're gonna confirm him before the April recess". "Ours is a judiciary of honest, black polyester", Gorsuch said.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump. On Monday, Gorsuch told the committee that as a judge, he valued justice over politics. The late justice shared Gorsuch with Anthony Kennedy who, at 80 years old, may now become his colleague.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and other Democrats on the committee used their statements to criticize the Senate's handling of Judge Merrick Garland's failed nomination. While Republicans showed nothing but respect, more than a few Democrats questioned Gorsuch, suggesting he would favor corporations over people.

"I have offered no promises on how I'd rule in any case to anyone".

Senator, I'm not going to say anything here that would give anybody any idea how I'd rule in that case or any case that could come before the Supreme Court or my court of the 10th Circuit.

In an earlier response, Gorsuch referenced the 2001 Supreme Court case Zadvydas v. Davis, which found that the government can not indefinitely detain an undocumented immigrant. It would be a violation of the separation of powers and judicial independence if someone sitting at this table, in order to get confirmed, had to make promises or commitment about how they'd rule in a case that's now pending and likely to make its way to the Supreme Court.

ANALYSIS: At the first Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing for Gorsuch, Flake expressed enthusiasm with the possibility of having a Westerner on a Supreme-Court bench mostly filled with NY and New Jersey natives. Many conservatives want that ruling overturned.

Wardon can't remember ever discussing maternity leave specifically with Gorsuch, but says they talked about work-life balance.

Mr Gorsuch agreed, "it has been reaffirmed several times". "That's not relevant to my job". He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by the Senate in a voice vote.

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