Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) used his opening questions for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to express his outrage that President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, did not receive a hearing, despite calls from fellow Senate Democrats that they should drop the issue.
Leahy asked Gorsuch whether he thinks Garland was treated fairly by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Senator, as I explained to you before, I can’t get involved in politics. And there’s judicial canons that prevent me from doing that, and I think it would be very imprudent of judges to start commenting on political disputes between themselves or the various branches,” Gorsuch responded.
Leahy then preceded to go on a rant about Garland not being treated fairly by Senate Republicans.
Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has vocally expressed her opinion that fellow Democrats need to move on from this line of attack, as it doesn’t accomplish anything.
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