As the third day of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch's rolled on, Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee grew weary of Gorsuch's refusal to weigh in on issues, cases, precedents and even basic legal questions.
"What worries me is you have been very much able to avoid any specificity," the top committee Dem, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told him.
Republicans on the committee however defended his coyness. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) posed the question: "If you were to make a commitment today, as to how you might rule, on a certain issue, on a particular type of case and if that issue were subsequently to come before the Supreme Court of the United States, and if by then, you have been confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, isn't it possible and in fact isn't it likely that a litigant could file a motion for your recusal in that case?"
With Gorsuch keeping to to his line that revealing his personal views would hamper his abilities as a judge, senators zeroed in on the some of his opinions, including one that was undercut by a Supreme Court opinion issued Wednesday morning.
"You have told us time and again, no place for my heart here, this is all about the facts, this is all about the law," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said. "I don't buy that. I don't think that the decisions of courts are so robotic, so programmatic, that all you need to do is to look at the facts and look at the law, and there's an obvious conclusion."
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