Democratic senator denies that Democrats plan to filibuster Gorsuch

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he has "serious, serious concerns" about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after their meeting, complaining that the federal judge "avoided answers like the plague". The two chatted quietly and gave no statements as reporters and photographers were escorted into Schumer's office to photograph them together. Unlike some Senate Democrats who have already said they will oppose Gorsuch, both have said they will wait to decide.

The U.S. Supreme Court will not act until at least the fall on a major business dispute on whether companies can head off costly class action lawsuits, meaning President Donald Trump's nominee to the bench will nearly certainly be in place to cast a possible pivotal vote.

President Trump's attacks on judges undermine judicial independence-the very foundation of a coequal branch of government.

Nine Democratic senators have publicly committed to holding a floor vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, nearly assuring his confirmation. One out of five voters said the Supreme Court was "the single most important reason" for them in the November elections, according to exit polls.

"He is clearly a very smart, polite and capable man who loves being a judge", the NY senator told the press after a closed-door interview with President Donald Trump's pick for the high court. Republicans have a 52-48 majority, so Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will need the support of at least eight Democrats to confirm him easily. Many Democrats and liberals have come out against the Gorsuch nomination, because he is considered by legal scholars to be a strict conservative jurist in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose passing past year opened up the seat on the high court. "I think (the event) was useful because they all have such a large set of experiences to lean on having studied the Supreme Court that they would know what it would look like if he were confirmed". Another podcast on the nomination, at Advice and Consent, discusses how the confirmation debate over Gorsuch will be framed.


A president who has shown little respect for the courts should not be granted broad deference on lifetime judicial appointments. The Democratic co-chairman is U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey.

Here's the unsafe state of play on the political chessboard as the battle over President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court intensifies.

"We don't have so-called judges", Sen.

"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.

In his 2010 book "The Decline and Fall of the American Republic", Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Bruce Ackerman predicted that the president would be changed "from an 18th-century notable to a 19th-century party magnate to a 20th-century tribune to a 21st-century demagogue", noted a February 4 article in The Economist.

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