Image Caption: Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be an associate justice of the US Supreme Court during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan
WASHINGTON D.C. — Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee for the United States Supreme Court was back in front of the US Senate Judiciary committee for a third day of confirmation hearings.
Gorsuch faced more heated questions from Democrats, who were trying to determine if he really would be independent of President Trump, who nominated him.
“You have been very much able to avoid any specificity like no one I have ever seen before,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee remarked.
While being questioned by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Gorsuch was asked about various potential cases that he would face on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch answered the inquiry by saying that it would be wrong for him to speculate on potential cases.
Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump shortly after he was inaugurated, much to the dismay of Democrats, who wanted Merrick Garland, who was nominated by former President Obama, to be confirmed. Garland was nominated in March 2016, shortly after the death of Antonin Scalia.
Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Garland, saying that it would only be appropriate for the winner of the 2016 presidential election to make the nomination, instead of a president who was in his final year in office. Democrats have vowed to attempt to do the same to Gorsuch.