GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas criticized Senate Democrats who promised to ask Judge Neil Gorsuch about President Donald Trump’s most controversial comments and policies during confirmation hearings this week.
Democratic members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary made repeated reference to Trump’s attacks on federal judges, as well as his expansive view of executive power. Cruz argued that asking Gorsuch to answer for Trump’s comments amount to inappropriate political questions for judges.
He also pointed out that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, two judges appointed to the high court by President Bill Clinton, were not made to answer questions about the scandals unfolding in the Clinton White House during that period, particularly allegations of sexual harassment.
“In the past weeks as well, some of my Democratic colleagues have questioned Judge Gorsuch’s independence and suggested that he needs to answer questions about the actions and statements and even the tweets of the president who appointed him,” the senator said.
“I would ask, was Justice Ginsburg or Justice Breyer asked about the sexual harassment suit that had been filed against President Clinton by Paula Jones?” he added. “No. Neither was asked about that suit.”
Cruz also asserted that Gorsuch’s nomination carried a “super-legitimacy,” given the prominence of judicial vacancies in the 2016general election.
Gorsuch will begin to take questions Tuesday morning. He will give his opening statement Monday afternoon.
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