March 21, 2017

Hirono Grills Gorsuch Over His Refusal to Answer Direct Questions

Presses Supreme Court Nominee on Workers’ Rights, Trump Administration Actions, Citizens United & Hobby Lobby Decisions

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, grilled Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch over his refusal to answer direct questions during the second day of nomination hearings.

“We’ve sat here for close to 10 hours now and you have not told us your understanding of cases already decided by the Supreme Court except to say they are law and precedent. You have not told us your view of cases currently before the court. And you will not tell us your view on issues that might someday be presented to the Court,” Senator Hirono said. “In fact, you have provided us less in the way of answers about how you would approach cases than previous nominees to the Supreme Court.

“So how should we divine what you would bring to the Supreme Court in terms of your judicial philosophy? By looking at your judicial record? By looking at your writings? I see a pattern that is very much on par with the Roberts Court’s steady march towards protecting corporate interests over individual rights.”

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