What to know about the new Supreme Court nominee and what to expect in his confirmation hearing
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The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has been a top priority for President Donald Trump since he took office, with many Republican senators signaling they would filibuster any Democratic nominee.
The president, who has already nominated two other Supreme Court justices, has said he plans to use the court to uphold or uphold a law or ruling that was passed by Congress.
He also has said Gorsuch will be a conservative, a reference to the American legal tradition that holds that the president is supreme.
The Republican Party and its Senate leadership have said they would not filibuster Gorsuch’s confirmation, even if they had to.
But Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have raised questions about Gorsuch’s temperament and ethics, and said he is not fit to serve on the nation’s highest court.
“The Senate Judiciary committee should be a rubber stamp of the president’s political agenda,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in a statement on Friday.
“As a former prosecutor, Gorsuch should have no involvement in the Justice Department, but instead should focus on overseeing the courts.”
The White House, however, said Gorsuch would be a “true and faithful servant” of the law.
Gorsuch’s nomination has already been controversial.
In July, Gorsuch told a Senate Judiciary panel that he believes judges should “be able to exercise the role of judge.”
He said he would also not use his own judicial authority to make rulings in cases he didn’t personally review.
The New York Times reported last week that Gorsuch had also expressed skepticism about the rule of law, including his belief that courts could override the wishes of the legislature.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate’s judiciary committee, said that Gorsuch’s willingness to use judicial authority in a way that “might not be the best way to go about it,” would raise “questions about his integrity and his judgment.”
Gundersen’s nomination was approved on Friday by the Senate judiciary committee.
He is currently awaiting Senate confirmation for the seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
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The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has been a top priority for President Donald Trump since he…