Here's a snippet of the Times report: As a lawyer at a Washington law firm in the early 2000s, Judge Gorsuch represented Mr. Anschutz, his companies and lower-ranking business executives as an outside counsel.
Schumer, who is both the Democratic leader and a long-standing member of the Judiciary Committee, is likely to carry a lot of sway with fellow Democrats.
"Judge Gorsuch is extremely intelligent and hardworking", Turbiville said. The Committee should require Judge Gorsuch to explain what he means when he describes himself as an "originalist'".
Other identified areas of concern are approaches to statutory construction, such as whether anti-LGBT discrimination is prohibited under current civil rights law, religious exemptions under the law, the relevance of science to legal decision-making and employer defenses to claims of discrimination.
Thursday's letter was addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyLGBT groups: Gorsuch more extreme than Scalia How to CREATE generic pharma competition Federal Bureau of Investigation director briefs top senators on Russia MORE (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Additional names added to a subsequent iteration of the letter include the Victory Institute and Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE.
President Trump nominated Gorsuch for the position several weeks ago.
Mr. Gardner said the judge's record in Native American cases while serving on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will have an impact with "not only within Indian country, but the broader community of Democrat voters in the states that will be asked to vote on Judge Gorsuch in just a few weeks". "I'm going to do what I think is right for the court and the judicial branch". That would clear the way for Gorsuch and any future Trump nominees to the high court to be cleared on party line votes.
Judge Gorsuch's nomination is unique in an important way: It has buy-in from in voters and the American people.
The nonpartisan watchdog group Fix the Courts has also filed a lawsuit in federal court after the DOJ failed to respond to its Freedom of Information Act request for Gorsuch's records.