Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Date Set

Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Date Set

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

The Judiciary Committee hearings are expected to span several days and draw intense public scrutiny.

Questioning of Gorsuch will begin March 21.

President Trump's Supreme Court nominee will need support of at least eight Democrats to move to a confirmation vote.

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As such, Gorsuch has disqualified himself from confirmation.

"Judge Gorsuch has met every demand placed on him", Grassley said.

"It is essential that the next Supreme Court justice be truly independent so the court can fulfill its vital institutional role in our system of checks and balances", he said. The committee will then vote on the nomination, and it will move to the Senate floor.

The hearing date means that Gorsuch will make it further in the confirmation process than Merrick Garland, who was nominated by President Obama last March to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has in recent weeks, been making courtesy calls to members of the Senate as part of an effort to earn support, and is scheduled to meet with five Democratic and two Republican senators later Thursday.

Some Senate Democrats have vowed to oppose his nomination in part because of how Senate Republicans treated Judge Merrick Garland, the nominee put forward past year by former President Barack Obama.

But it remains unclear whether Democrats, in the Senate minority, ultimately will try and block his nomination with a filibuster.

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