Hatch Previews Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing ...when the hearing is over and the last question has been asked, Judge Gorsuch will have shown the Senate that he is unquestionably qualified and fully prepared to serve our nation on the SCOTUS
I have full confidence that when the hearing is over and the last question has been asked, Judge Gorsuch will have shown the Senate that he is unquestionably qualified and fully prepared to serve our nation on the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Orrin Hatch, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke today on the nomination of Judge Gorsuch.
The focus of Hatch’s speech today was on Judge Gorsuch’s upcoming confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hatch has in the past participated in thirteen Supreme Court confirmation hearings so far, playing a leading role in the confirmations of Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.
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“This will be the fourteenth Supreme Court confirmation hearing I’ve participated in. I’ve seen some truly outstanding hearings in which both the nominee and the Senators acquitted themselves well. I’ve also seen some hearings that have gone far off the rails, in which some Senators hurled unfounded allegations or sought to twist the nominee’s clearly distinguished record.
I’m hopeful that Judge Gorsuch’s hearing will be the former type. We have before us a supremely qualified, highly respected, and extremely thoughtful nominee. Judge Gorsuch has had a stellar legal career, and by all accounts, he is a man of tremendous integrity, kindness, and respect. He is the sort of person all Americans should want on the Supreme Court. He does not approach cases with preconceived outcomes in mind. He seeks to apply the law fairly and impartially, in line with what the democratically elected representatives who enacted the law had in mind. He will be a truly outstanding Justice.”
Last week, Senator Hatch made the case to Utah for Judge Gorsuch’s Nomination. [VIDEO]
Senator Hatch has spoken previously on the Senate floor on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination:
Hatch on the nomination of Judge Gorsuch [VIDEO]
Hatch on “Neil Gorsuch’s America” [VIDEO]
Hatch on the Process and Substance of the Confirmation Process for Judge Gorsuch [VIDEO]
Hatch on Democrats Attacking Judge Gorsuch’s Independence [VIDEO]
Hatch Urges Colleagues to Leave Politics Out of Grouch’s Confirmation [VIDEO]
Before the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, Senator Hatch described the ideal Supreme Court Nominee in two op-eds:
• Hatch in the Washington Post: ‘Activist Justices have rewritten our laws’
• Hatch in the Deseret News: The right Supreme Court Justice for America
Senator Hatch has made the case for Judge Gorsuch in a number of op-eds:
Hatch in the Salt Lake Tribune: Like Scalia, Gorsuch has Shown Devotion to the Constitution
Hatch in Fox News: Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Deserves Smooth and Speedy Confirmation
Hatch in SCOTUSblog: Worried About the Separation of Powers? Confirm Judge Gorsuch
Hatch in RealClearPolitics: Judge Gorsuch is the Right Justice for America
Hatch in the Daily Herald: Judge Gorsuch: Utah’s Nominee for the Supreme Court
The full speech, as prepared for delivery, is below:
Mr. President, I rise today to speak on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Later this month, Judge Gorsuch will come before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing. I wish to speak today