Gorsuch Declares Independence From the White House

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Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, sought to assure senators he would be independent, impartial and willing to rule against the occupant of the White House, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the president of the United States,” he told senators yesterday. Gorsuch said he had made no promises or commitments to Trump or his aides, including whether he would vote to overrule the abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Calm and unruffled, Gorsuch frustrated Democrats by refusing to be drawn into revealing his thoughts on current legal controversies or past rulings. “If I were to start telling you which are my favorite precedents or which are my least favorite precedents,” he said, “I would be tipping my hand.” Instead, Gorsuch said he was there to defend his qualifications and his record as an appeals court judge. He survived the all-day-session relatively unscathed. Democrats appeared unimpressed by his Jimmy Stewart-like earnestness or folksy yarns about his family. Questioning by senators resumes today.

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