Gorsuch: Trump's attack on judge 'demoralizing'

Posted February 09, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday reiterated his belief that the Senate should meet a filibuster-proof threshold to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, and a new poll shows most Americans agree. Democratic lawmakers have indicated they will return the favor, offering to give Trump's nominee "the same courtesy Senate Republicans gave Merrick Garland", as U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said. Schumer, of NY, said last week he needed time to review Gorsuch's 10-year record before scheduling a meeting.

"I will support having a hearing and a vote because I think the President's nominee deserves that consideration", he said. The Senate was here long before President Trump and will be here long after, and has a tradition to uphold.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York meets with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

While appointing Cabinet secretaries is essential for the president, they are "small potatoes" compared with a Supreme Court nomination in both difficulty and importance, and for many reasons.

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Given Trump's attacks on judges both on the campaign trail and as President, the Democratic leader said "the bar for a Supreme Court nominee to prove that he can be independent has never been higher". The vote doesn't require them to approve the judge - Republicans hold enough seats to accomplish that - it simply requires their consent to end the debate. Shaheen's office did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze seeking clarification.

Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, claimed there was precedent to block a high court nominee in an election year, but it wasn't true. An opinion writer in the Boston Globe wrote that the "gravest harm" from a Gorsuch appointment would be to voting rights.

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"To suggest that we should not get a fair hearing on the nominee to the Supreme Court, Mr. Judge Gorsuch, I think is just not something that's going to be good for the American people", Shaheen said on the Senate floor. "This violation of America's laws - and values - has already been stayed by several courts".

"We don't have so-called senators".

Gorsuch, he said, "had demonstrated a capability, a level of experience well suited to be a candidate for the Supreme Court".

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