Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was at the White House Tuesday night as President Trump announced his choice for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Grassley says nominee 49-year-old Neil Gorsuch has a reputation as a “fair and consistent” federal circuit court judge.
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Gorsuch is a graduate of Harvard Law School and former President Obama was a classmate.
Grassley chairs the Senate Committee that will hold a hearing on Gorsuch’s nomination.
Grassley points to Gorsuch’s remarks Tuesday night, indicating he’d interpret the law rather than make law as a justice.
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Some Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned whether Gorsuch would be an “independent” voice and accused him of a “demonstrated hostility toward women’s rights.”
Grassley says those objections weren’t raised in 2006, when Gorsuch was nominated to be a circuit judge.
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Iowa’s other U.S. Senator, Republican Joni Ernst, issued a written statement saying Gorsuch is “well-respected” and “eminently-qualified.”