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John Elway urges confirmation of Trump supreme court pick Gorsuch

John Elway urges confirmation of Trump supreme court pick Gorsuch

ADA Iowa, a member of the Why Courts Matter coalition, presented a petition with more than 1,500 signatures asking Grassley and U.S. Sen. Now, she said, it is the committee's task "to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is a reasonable mainstream conservative, or is he not?" Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said to Gorsuch in her opening statement. President Donald Trump won 56 percent of voters who said the Supreme Court appointment was important, according to national exit polls. After the event with senators and progressives in front of the court last week, volunteers and staff delivered petitions with over a million signatures, they said, urging senators from both parties to oppose Gorsuch's nomination.

"I think it is 50-50 whether the Democrats filibuster", Sen.

The hearing room is packed with suits and cameras, several tables of reporters and two rows of seats for the general public - many of whom are wearing red shirts with the hashtag #StopGorsuch.

The confirmation hearings of Gorsuch resume Tuesday.

While Gorsuch was the one sitting before the committee, another jurist - Judge Merrick Garland - never was far from the minds of the Democrats as they began their examination of the Supreme Court nominee. Richard Blumenthal of CT referred to "a looming constitutional crisis" that the Supreme Court might need to resolve.

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WASHINGTON -On the opening day of his confirmation hearings, Judge Neil Gorsuch promised that if he were elevated to the Supreme Court, he would strive for independence and integrity.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Senator Charles Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thank you very much.

For her part, Hirono reviewed the legal opinions of Gorsuch and told him, "I have not seen that the rights of minorities are a priority for you".

Trump's nomination of Gorsuch will need support from some Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster. However, Republicans may not be able to get enough Democratic votes to move forward on the nomination.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a hearing on Garland was a "truly historic dereliction of duty".

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He also said that there's no evidence that President Obama ordered a wiretap of President Trump.

Democrats, meanwhile, repeatedly invoked Garland, who was denied a hearing by Senate Republicans during an election year after Scalia's death in February 2016.

The process is arduous, with dozens of one-on-one meetings with senators in recent weeks giving way to days of testimony starting Monday. The other Democrats on the committee are Patrick Leahy (VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Al Franken (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Dick Durbin (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Christopher A. Coons (DE), and Mazie Hirono (HI).

All of the witnesses that Schumer brought to the Hill last week were plaintiffs in cases where Gorsuch sided with an employer over an employee.

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