Senate committee scheduled to start Gorsuch confirmation hearing

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1. Shawn Thew / EPA

Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, heads into his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Gorsuch is a highly regarded federal appeals court judge, and has faced no opposition over his legal credentials. Democrats, who say Gorsuch has sided with business interests over individuals, have vowed to oppose him on principle because Republicans refused to even consider former President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the seat left vacant when conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to hold a confirmation vote before the Senate’s Easter recess begins April 8. Washington, D.C., lawyer Tom Goldstein, who publishes the ScotusBlog website, said Democrats “don’t have the votes and don’t have the goods” to block Gorsuch, so “it would be shocking” if he wasn’t confirmed in the coming weeks.

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