Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Gorsuch Law Clerks In Montana To Lobby For Senator Jon Tester's Vote

Gorsuch Law Clerks In Montana To Lobby For Senator Jon Tester's Vote

A coalition of 19 LGBT organizations says it has concerns about how Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, will treat their community. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday asked the George W. Bush presidential library for any emails between the nominee and private email addresses of White House officials. Concern over Gorsuch was largely based over his rulings in favor of "religious freedom." such as the opinion he wrote at the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Hobby Lobby denying health coverage coverage contraception for female employees.

Blumenthal said a political email address "may have been used in violation of federal law governing the preservation of presidential records". "What unites us is our firm conviction that Judge Gorsuch is eminently qualified to serve on the nation's highest court", wrote the 60 Sentelle clerks.

"Judge Gorsuch's articulated judicial philosophy is far outside the legal and social mainstream, and would significantly disrupt Americans" expectations about the rights that they enjoy under the Constitution", Gorsuch said.

Schumer's comments come five days before Gorsuch's confirmation hearings begin Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The first day will have opening statements by committee members and Gorsuch. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer - were in office at the time. He was confirmed to the 10th Circuit by a unanimous voice vote in 2006.

On Wednesday, Schumer warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., against changing Senate rules to allow Gorsuch's confirmation.

"Documents produced by the Justice Department demonstrate you had a leading role in litigation and strategy over executive power and national security matters that have not yet been identified to the committee", she said in a letter on Tuesday, giving the nominee a deadline of 5:00pm on Thursday to respond. At Roll Call, Kate Ackley reports that "Democratic lawmakers and liberal interest groups are intensifying their pressure on senators to probe Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's views on campaign finance law", in the belief that focusing on campaign finance "would give moderate Democrats, in particular, a reason to oppose him without touching on more politically controversial issues such as abortion or gun rights that would not play well in conservative states".

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