Sen. Ben Sasse Meets with Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Posted February 08, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday he had "serious, serious concerns" about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, saying the judge had avoided answering questions aimed at gauging his judicial independence.

"This president is testing fundamental underpinnings of our democracy and it's institutions", Schumer said after the meeting.

During a news conference at the capitol in Tallahassee, State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith said Gorsuch's current record as a judge is concerning, especially on issue like abortion and LGBT rights.

In a brief chat with TMZ, Schumer addressed President Trump's travel ban, and whether Gorsuch's stance on it could have an impact on his chances.

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If Democrats refuse to support Gorsuch's nomination, Senate Republicans may try to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

Broken down by ideology, 84% of conservatives and 61% of moderates agree the Supreme Court should only rule based on a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, rather than on each judge's sense of fairness and justice; liberals are closely divided.

Earlier this month, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. These times deserve answers and judge Gorsuch did not provide them.

Matt House, Schumer's communications director, noted last week that most GOP senators refused to meet a year ago with Merrick Garland, former President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

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