Senator Coons delivers opening remarks in Gorsuch confirmation hearing

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"There's no question he's qualified to serve on the Supreme Court".

In what may have been an oblique reference to President Trump's attacks on judges who have ruled against him, Gorsuch thanked "my fellow judges across the country". "Now they are arguing that the Senate should rubber stamp a nominee selected by extreme interest groups, and nominated by a President who lost the popular vote by almost three million votes".

"However, I can not let this moment, commenting on the best traditions of the Senate, pass without expressing my deep regret that Chief Judge Merrick Garland was treated with profound and historic disrespect". And I look forward to the conversation we'll all have about the meaning of our Constitution and the job of a Supreme Court Justice in our constitutional scheme, Grassley says.

Republicans have praised the federal appeals court judge as a brilliant jurist who would continue in the conservative mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who he's vying to succeed.

Gorsuch told Democratic senators during private meetings that he was disheartened by Trump's criticism of judges who ruled against the president's immigration ban, but Schumer and others were dissatisfied with these comments and are looking for a more forceful stance on that issue and others. Orrin Hatch said, despite the fact that Senate Republicans refused to give Garland a confirmation hearing after his nomination almost a year ago.

Monday's confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, was in large part about a judge who wasn't even in the room: Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's blocked Supreme Court nominee.

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Opening statements are underway, with each of the 20 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee offering up to 10 minutes of remarks.

HollywoodLifers, do you think Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed? Once a committee recommendation is made, then the full Senate will take up the debate, including the threat of a filibuster from the Democrats. He has been preparing for questions over the past few weeks, with help from the White House counsel's office and former Senator Kelly Ayotte. When we collectively say that Judge Gorsuch treats and values women fairly and without preference or prejudice based on their gender, we do not say that in a vacuum.

Gorsuch's hearing is expected to last until Thursday. The hearing could last four days.

In his own opening statement, Gorsuch spoke of striving for impartiality and the support he has received across the political spectrum.

Democrats have said that approach is simply a convenient rationale for ruling against protections for individuals in the workplace and for the environment and in favor of corporate interests.

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