08:37, March 23 499 0 abajournal.com

2017-03-23 08:37:04
Gorsuch confirmation hearings, Day 4: ABA testimony expected

The ABA testimony will be followed by testimony by two former chief judges of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court on which Gorsuch sits. Representatives of several groups are also slated to testify.

On Wednesday, Democrats on the committee sought clues about whether Gorsuch would vote to overrule the rights to abortion or same-sex marriage by asking questions about the right to privacy, originalism and precedent. They also questioned him about rulings on voting rights and Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision striking down restrictions on corporate campaign spending.

Gorsuch emphasized that he couldn’t comment on issues that could come before him as a judge, and he maintained that his opinions didn’t matter because judges decide cases based on the facts and the law.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said she will have to judge Gorsuch’s nomination based not on what he has said during the hearings, but on what he didn’t say.

“It remains to be seen if you will be a justice for all, or a justice for some,” she said.

Gorsuch did make clear that he believes the president of the United States has to comply with court orders. “You better believe I expect judicial decrees to be obeyed,” Gorsuch said. “That’s the rule of law in this country.”

Representatives from the ABA Standing Committee on the Judiciary are scheduled to testify Thursday about its well-qualified rating of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee begins at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Watch this post or the live blog of the hearings.

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