Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing

Would Bernie have won? Americans still like him more than Trump poll shows

Would Bernie have won? Americans still like him more than Trump poll shows

All this gives Americans another good reason to spend time this week watching Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, the eminently qualified appellate judge nominated by Trump to succeed conservative firebrand Antonin Scalia.

"I think you will see questions by senators about President Trump's attacks on judges, and how Judge Gorsuch feels about that".

Here are the basics, as I understand them, of next week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

President Donald Trump - and particularly his attacks on the USA judiciary - loomed large over the first day of his nominee's confirmation hearing.

Leahy criticized Trump for relying on conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society past year to vet and recommend his list of potential Supreme Court picks. The hearing is the first step in the confirmation process. There was a small laugh in the crowd as a phalanx of photographers snapped hundreds of pictures of Gorsuch as he took his seat.

Gorsuch was nominated February 1, and despite his stellar record, which includes a Harvard law degree and a decade on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, he could face a tough confirmation battle.

The first day of the hearings Monday will feature opening statements from senators and Gorsuch himself. Democrats and liberal interest groups are trying to make the case that Gorsuch's decade on a federal appeals court in Denver shows that he favors powerful institutions at the expense of average people.

Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, said while he was upset Garland was not considered, "Two wrongs never make a right", and said Democrats should not obstruct Gorsuch the way Republicans obstructed Garland. Questions from lawmakers will come later this week.

Sen. Orrin Hatch is Utah's senior USA senator.

However, another student in that class, Will Hauptman, refuted Sisk's characterization of Gorsuch in his own letter to the top Judiciary Committee members, according to Politico, which obtained the letter.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has urged the Senate judiciary committee to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the United States supreme court in an endorsement letter written on official team letterhead. Democrats are angry that the Republican-controlled Senate refused to consider then-President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. "I firmly believe the Constitution is a living document that evolves as our country evolves", she said, adding that if some justices had not treated it as such, we would still have segregated schools and unequal protections for women.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, has already made it known he will not participate in a filibuster.

There are now 11 Republicans and nine Democrats on the committee, so there's no doubt Gorsuch will be approved.

Justices do not pass judgement on the people before them, Gorsuch said, but on the law.

This is the 14th confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee in which I have participated. At the same time, Republicans are pushing through legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Other Democrats would rather focus on what they say is Gorsuch's record of backing big business over worker rights.

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