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Trump's Supreme Court pick complete Sete hearings

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, March 23: Neil Gorsuch, President Dold Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, completed his Sete confirmation hearings and maged to avoid commenting on the legality of the travel ban. The three hearings before the Sete Judiciary Committee came to a conclusion on Wednesday without Gorsuch having to take a public position on Trump’s executive order, an issue of vital importance to Democrats, who want to assure themselves that the magistrate has the willpower to oppose the President who nomited him, Efe news reported.
The ability of the judge to dodge the questions of Democratic lawmakers ultimately began to “irritate” California Setor Dianne Feinstein, the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee.
“What worries me is you have been very much able to avoid any specificity like no one I have ever seen before,” Feinstein said.
“And maybe that’s a virtue, I don’t know. But for us on this side, knowing where you stand on major questions of the day is really important to a vote ‘aye’, and so that’s why we pressed and pressed.”
Even at earlier hearings, Gorsuch continued to avoid making any pronouncement on the revised travel ban signed by Trump on March 6 to temporarily bar US entry to refugees and the citizens of six Muslim-majority tions, a measure that has since been blocked by two federal judges. Gorsuch also maged to dodge taking a position on abortion, same-sex marriage and campaign fincing, the dymic of which changed in 2010 when the Supreme Court allowed the creation of so-called “superPACs” that can take in and dote unlimited amounts of money to political candidates.
Gorsuch answered all these questions with the same phrase: “I have declined to offer any promises, hints or previews of how I’d resolve any case.”
Thus, like many other Supreme Court nominees, Gorsuch was able to get through the confirmation hearings without taking a political position that could restrict him in future votes on the high court.
Gorsuch, who currently is a judge with the Missouri-based 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which is one of the federal courts just below the Supreme Court, was tapped by Trump on January 31 to fill the high court seat left vacant by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
To be confirmed for the lifetime appointment, Gorsuch needs 60 votes in the Sete, a barrier that could be difficult for him to surmount because the Republicans hold just 52 seats there, although that is a majority. Thus, they need the support of at least eight Democrats and, so far, no member of the opposition party has said they will vote for Gorsuch. (IANS)

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