Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, appeared for the first day of his Senate confirmation hearing Monday. Rejecting the notion that judges are "politicians in robes," Judge Gorsuch, a George W. Bush appointee who sits on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, emphasized the importance of a neutral and independent judiciary. The judge's comments followed four hours of speeches from senators and pointed references by Democrats to what they consider the unfair treatment of Obama nominee Judge Merrick Garland. We discuss Judge Gorsuch's jurisprudence and the politics surrounding his confirmation.
Partisan Divide Evident as Judge Gorsuch Delivers Message of Unity at Confirmation Hearing
Judge Neil Gorsuch listens during the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left on the court by the February 2016 death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center