Washington Post: Supreme Court confirmation hearing: Neil Gorsuch on political pressure and judicial independence - "At the start of his second day of confirmation hearings, Republicans questioned Gorsuch about judicial independence and whether he would have any trouble ruling against Trump, who nominated him to the high court".
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, top Democrat on the judiciary committee, gave voice to widespread Democratic complaints on Wednesday about Gorsuch, Donald Trump's pick for the court.
Gorsuch said judges decide based on where the law takes them "fearlessly".
The American Bar Association's Nancy Scott Degan said the committee evaluating Supreme Court nominees doesn't give a well-qualified rating lightly.
Democrats will be hard-pressed to stop Gorsuch given Republicans' 52-48 control of the Senate.
Nevertheless, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will use a filibuster - a parliamentary stalling procedure - to prevent Republicans from bringing Gorsuch's nomination to a final vote. "He's earned the respect and admiration of so many - Democrats, independents and Republicans alike".
"We can not risk a Supreme Court that would put in jeopardy the privacy rights of all Americans and a woman's right to control her body", Sanders added.
"When anyone criticizes the honesty or integrity or the motives of a federal judge, well I find that disheartening, I find that demoralizing, because I know the truth", Gorsuch said.
Gorsuch was asked about the allegation Tuesday during the hearing by Sen.
For Estrada, by contrast, a majority of the Senate went on record supporting his confirmation, so it was the 60-vote threshold for cloture obstructing an up-or-down vote that defeated his nomination.
If Breyer or Ginsburg were to be replaced by a conservative judge similar to Gorsuch, the court would have a firm 6-3 majority, possibly for decades.
Senate Democrats invoked the nuclear option in November 2013 to change the supermajority rule for lower court nominees, in order to push through President Obama's nominees to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Democrats remain livid that Republicans past year killed former President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, without a hearing.
Grassley said Tuesday's session could last 10 hours and the hearing could last four days.
Gorsuch sidestepped such hotly debated Supreme Court decisions as Roe v. Wade, which recognized abortion rights in 1973, and District of Columbia v. Heller, which afforded individuals the right to keep handguns in the home in 2008. "It's not a question that I confess I've given a greal deal of thought to", Gorsuch said.
That would require them voting in a change of rules.