Democrats must make the Gorsuch hearings about Trump's contempt for our democracy

A former law student of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, alleges that in a course she took from Gorsuch at the University of Colorado Law School past year, the judge told his class that employers, specifically law firms, should ask women seeking jobs about their plans for having children and implied that women manipulate companies starting in the interview stage to extract maternity benefits. If confirmed, he would fill the vacancy created when Scalia died 13 months ago.

The hearings start at 11 a.m. EST on Monday, March 20.

"I am deeply disappointed that it is under these circumstances that we begin these hearings", said Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, never received a confirmation hearing.

Democrats have vowed to oppose Gorsuch on principle, but Republicans have a two-seat majority in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he wants to hold a final floor vote before Congress' easter recess in April.

No Democrat is backing Gorsuch yet, although a handful - including Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana - say they have an open mind on the matter. Check this page for updates. But with only 52 Republicans in the Senate, Republicans could not break a Democrat filibuster, if there is one.

"I sure hope that there will be eight Democrats to go along, because if they don't support this nominee, then I guess my question would be who ..."

Hatch blasted Democrats for wanting Gorsuch to outline how he would vote on certain cases, saying that to them, "judicial independence requires he be beholden to them and [their] political agenda" on issues like abortion.

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"Sometimes it's the individual who will win, sometimes it's the little guy, sometimes it's not", Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah said on the Bloomberg Law radio show Thursday.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) meets with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in his Senate office.

Democrats could attempt to filibuster the nomination, though Republicans have enough votes to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" of exempting Supreme Court nominees from the filibuster.

"Senate Republicans made a big show past year about respecting the voice of the American people in this process", said Sen.

The last Supreme Court nominee to talk expansively about his judicial philosophy was Robert Bork, who was defeated 58-42 in 1987.

Gorsuch, while nominated by Trump, has already spoken out against the President's attacks against USA judges in the wake of his overturned travel ban.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus has said that Mr Gorsuch is a judge with "the vision of Donald Trump". Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups and nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes". A lot of that comes from Justice Scalia and other people in the Chicago school, the law and economics school, believing that we should gut antitrust and basically allow monopolists to gather power. Under present rules, Gorsuch would need 60 votes in order to secure confirmation.

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