WATCH LIVE: Day 3 of Neil Gorsuch Senate Confirmation Hearing
More “tough” questions by Democrats?
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day starting at 9:30 AM EDT.
Today should be the last day of Gorsuch’s testimony. Hearings will continue after today but will feature witnesses both in favor and opposed to Gorsuch’s nomination.
Yesterday, Senate Democrats attempted to nail Gorsuch on political issues unsuccessfully.
The hearing started at 9:40 AM EDT.
Gorsuch is seated. And we're off! pic.twitter.com/DypRfb1TyK
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) March 22, 2017
Feinstein asks Gorsuch about originalism https://t.co/OjdYniUsU8
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) March 22, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Gorsuch about originalism since he considers himself an “originalist” when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. Feinstein asked him if that means the Constitution does not apply to protecting females or the LGBT community.
Gorsuch reminded Feinstein that originalism is not about figuring out the intentions of the drafters, but the words on the page. He stated that those who drafted the 14th amendment had racist and sexist attitudes, but the words on the page guarantees equal protection for all.
Judge #Gorsuch: “It matters not a whit that some of the drafters of the 14th amendment were racists, because they were. Or sexists…” pic.twitter.com/vOdRT8Qwqg
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 22, 2017
Feinstein has a problem with Gorsuch’s vague answers, Graham tells committee to stop politicizing the process
.@SenFeinstein to SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch: “You have been very much able to avoid any specificity, like no one I have ever seen before.” pic.twitter.com/uCnYjWRAop
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 22, 2017
Gorsuch has made it clear over and over that he leaves his personal views aside when he puts on his judge’s robe and follows the law. That did not please Feinstein, who criticized Gorsuch for his vague answers. She noted that it will be hard to vote for him because he has not shared his personal views on certain issues.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questioned Gorsuch next, but immediately launched into an attack on the committee for politicizing this process. He reminded the Democrats how Gorsuch has voted on the 10th Circuit and asks what more do they want. If they want a justice to make their political life easier they won’t get it because a GOP president has nominated Gorsuch.
WATCH: W/ Judge Gorsuch cruising thru his hearing, @GrahamBlog takes time to point out Senate Dems’ #SCOTUS double-standard #ConfirmGorsuch pic.twitter.com/X92gHF6j6j
— America Rising (@ARSquared) March 22, 2017
The Democrats continue to try to retrieve Gorsuch’s personal feelings on issues. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) read a line for Gorsuch’s book, which states that the intentional taking of life is always wrong. He then asked Gorsuch how that squares with abortion and the nominee supplied a simple answer:
“That’s the law of the land,” he stated.
(Something tells me the Democrats will not stop trying)
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I would like to know what Gorsuch thinks about the conflict between the 10th and 14th Amendments.
You bring up an interesting and valid question. Now, I wonder the same thing myself.
I don’t know what conflict you’re referring to, but obviously if there were one the later amendment would prevail.
On the face of the amendments I don’t see any possibility of conflict. The tenth reserves to the states powers not prohibited to them. The fourteenth (like many others) prohibits things to the states that were formerly permitted; the tenth no longer protects those things, because that’s what it says.
I thought Franken did have a point about arbitration but what it has to do with Gorsuch as such .
Too bad he then went down the Garland road.
Oops. Franken just apologized for getting the date wrong.