Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he has "serious concerns" about Judge Neil Gorsuch after meeting with the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday - and struggling to get straight answers from him. He said he asked Gorsuch whether a "Muslim ban" would be unconstitutional, referring to the President's executive order temporarily barring immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Schumer said he asked Gorsuch "straightforward and direct questions that would demonstrate whether he could clear that bar". These times deserve answers and judge Gorsuch did not provide them.
"The bar for a Supreme Court nominee to prove they can be independent, has never, never been higher", he said.
Matt House, Schumer's communications director, noted last week that most GOP senators refused to meet previous year with Merrick Garland, former President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.
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"Whenever Democrats want to stop dealing in fiction, I'm confident Judge Gorsuch is ready for a serious conversation", says Sasse. In 2006, Judge Gorsuch was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit based in Denver, CO.
Smith also says the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago should have been filled long ago.
Gorsuch was nominated by Trump at the end of January to fill the seat left open when Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly.