Michael Bloomberg on Neil Gorsuch confirmation: Don't overplay your hand, Democrats

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

The South Carolina Republican pointed out that he had voted to confirm President Obama's two Supreme Court nominees, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, because they were qualified for the bench and not because he agreed with their politics.

"Last month, [California Senator Diane] Feinstein - the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee - requested information from Gorsuch about all "significant" cases in which Gorsuch helped make decisions about litigation or craft strategy".

The Senate began its hearings on Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick today, and with little organized resistance from Democrats, it seems likely he'll be approved.

Tester said he has yet to reach a decision on Gorsuch's nomination, and plans to watch the hearings next week before making up his mind. Progressives want commitments now, even before hearings get fully underway.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., held a press conference with individuals he argued had been hurt by Gorsush's past rulings. "When we collectively say that Judge Gorsuch treats and values women fairly and without preference or prejudice based on their gender, we do not say that in a vacuum". "Justice Ginsberg, Justice Breyer. were not asked those questions, and Judge Gorsuch should not be either".

Supporters also pointed to his class evaluation, in which they said he received a 6.0 score, the highest possible score, for "instructor respect and professional treatment".

Dozens of fellow former law clerks of federal appeals judge David Sentelle have written to the Senate calling for quick confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch proceeded to say that all of his students' hands should have been raised because "many" women used their employers for maternity benefits and then left after giving birth, Sisk said in her letter. But as that vote - with the 60-vote threshold - is technically a procedural vote, some Democrats may be tempted to vote in favor of it as a compromise and not risk being labeled an obstructionist.

Gorsuch "needs to project an even-tempered demeanor in the face of critical comments and questions", said Mark Disler, a consultant at Prime Policy Group and formerly the Judiciary Committee's chief Republican counsel. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. "We have no doubt that he'll be the same kind of Justice on the Supreme Court".

Blumenthal said it was not "idle speculation" to suggest the Supreme Court might be asked to enforce a subpoena against Trump, citing FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress on Monday confirming an ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Warren said during the event. "And we are here today to fight back".

President Trump nominated the Denver judge to fill the vacant seat on the high court that's been unfilled since the death of Justice Antonio Scalia previous year. "In essence, it means that judges and courts should evaluate our rights and privileges as they were understood in 1789", she said.

When Sisk brought these concerns to University of Colorado Law School senior assistant dean of students Whiting Leary and then-dean Phil Weiser, they said they would speak to Gorsuch at the end of the term.

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