The day followed a familiar confirmation hearing script — glowing assessments from senators of the party whose president made the nomination, vows of scrutiny from senators out of power and a humble, deferential opening statement from the nominee.
But there was a sharp-edged difference as well. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee made clear they are not over the decision of their Republican colleagues to keep open the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in order for President Trump to fill it.
And rarely has there been such a demand that a Supreme Court nominee declare his independence from the president who nominated him.
“You're going to have your hands full with this president. He's going to keep you busy,” Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) told Gorsuch.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Mike Pence met with Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court , in February. Read more at WashingtonPost