‘I’m Not God’: Gorsuch Tells Franken That He Can’t ‘Fix’ Confirmation Process
During a fairly contentious round of questioning in today’s Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the federal judge appeared to grow exasperated with how Democratic Sen. Al Franken grilled him over the political nature of the process.
After having already been peppered with questions about the impacts of his past decisions as a judge, Gorsuch was then confronted over the Trump administration’s political use of his nomination. Franken highlighted a number of comments White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has made stating Gorsuch will overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Was Mr. Priebus suggesting that you go back and change 40 years of settled law or have an effect on the law moving forward?” Franken asked. “Respectfully, Senator, Mr. Priebus doesn’t speak for me and I don’t speak for him,” the judge responded.
The Minnesota lawmaker shot back, noting that he doesn’t think Priebus “was lying,” and asked Gorsuch if he was comfortable with his nomination “being described in such transactional terms.”
“There is a lot about this process I’m uncomfortable with,” Gorsuch replied. “A lot. But I’m not God. No one asked me to fix it.” He added he was merely trying to “faithfully answer” Franken’s question the best he could as a sitting judge.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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