Excerpts from USA Today
By: Chuck Grassley
Thursday, February 16, 2017
“The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant and a revered defender of the Constitution and the limited role of the judiciary in our Republic. His contributions to the court and to broader judicial philosophy will endure for years. Now, we’ll keep our word to the American people to consider a nominee by the new president.
“Early on, my Judiciary Committee colleagues and I adopted the same standard set by Democratic senators, pledging not to submit a nominee to the ‘cauldron’ of election year politics that then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden said wouldn’t be ‘fair to the president, to the nominee, or to the Senate itself.’ At the same time, I pledged that, regardless of the outcome of the election, if I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee, we would consider the nomination made by the newly-elected president, whoever that may be. I maintained this position even when many believed Hillary Clinton would be our next president.
“The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s seat is the product of the most transparent and democratic judicial nomination process in recent history …The vacancy was on the minds of many voters as they elected Trump to be our next president. According to the Pew Research Center, 65% of voters considered the vacancy very important as they went to the polls.
“Prior to the president’s announcement, the minority leader called on him to nominate a ‘mainstream’ candidate. There can be no serious debate that Judge Gorsuch meets that standard. He’s been praised by legal experts across the political spectrum as a mainstream jurist who applies the law without regard to person, politics or his own preferences. President Obama’s former solicitor general called him ‘one of the most thoughtful and brilliant judges to have served our nation over the last century.’ That’s high praise. In 2006 Judge Gorsuch sailed through the Senate with unanimous approval. Thirty-one sitting senators were in the Senate when Gorsuch was confirmed, including 12 Democrats. Nonetheless, we have promised a rigorous and thorough review of this nominee, and that’s what we’ll do” …
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