Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Gorsuch nomination hearings start on March 20

Nominee a danger to democracy Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Date Set
Howard Terry | 17 February, 2017, 00:11

Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has thrown his support behind Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but Democratic counterpart Bob Casey wasn't ready to commit after a sit-down meeting with the judge on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Grassley's office indicated in a statement that the opening statements will take place on Monday, March 20, and Gorsuch will face the committee the following day.

A statement from Grassley noted Gorsuch's hearing will begin 48 days following the announcement of his nomination, similar to the timelines put together for Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Several have met with him privately and said they will give him a chance to make his case.

The high-profile affair, which is expected to last three or four days, is the next battleground in the fight over President Donald Trump's pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the high court. "He's a mainstream judge. He is well-qualified and respected.It's time for him to have the opportunity to speak for himself before the Judiciary Committee", Grassley said. "He worked diligently to return the bipartisan questionnaire", he added.

In a press conference following the approximately 45-minute meeting, Schumer told reporters Gorsuch "avoided answers like the plague".

Gorsuch claims that judges should interpret the words of the Constitution at the time they were written. "I have serious, serious concerns about this nominee". While Republicans have cheered Trump for picking Gorsuch, Democrats have voiced significant skepticism.

With Republicans holding 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, Gorsuch will need to earn the support of at least eight Democrats to win confirmation.

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