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Sean Spicer: Dems Who Oppose Gorsuch Are Playing Politics

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 04:01 PM

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch was asked nearly 1,200 questions during his three days of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, and the White House said Thursday Democrats seem to be using the hearings for their own political purposes.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch after months of careful consideration — which included meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I'd say the level of transparency is probably unprecedented in modern times, at least. During the campaign, he gave the American people a list of 21 judges which he would pick his choice for the Supreme Court from," Spicer said, adding that the White House sought advice from 29 senators.

"The consensus was that the president's pick should be a respected, mainstream judge. … Judge Gorsuch is the definition of a mainstream, respected judge."

Spicer then provided some statistics to demonstrate the transparency Gorsuch showed after he was nominated. Those included:

Gorsuch met with almost 80 senators.

Gorsuch provided more than 70 pages of written answers to 299 questions, which he submitted six days after receiving them.

The Judiciary Committee was provided with more than 75,000 pages of documents, speeches, case briefs, court opinions, and written work dating back to Gorsuch's college days.

The Department of Justice helped provide more than 180,000 pages of records from Gorsuch's time there.

During roughly 20 hours of testimony over three days, senators asked Gorsuch almost 1,200 questions.

Spicer said despite all of that, Democrats appear to be playing politics by not wanting to support Gorsuch's nomination to the high court.

"Unfortunately, it looks more and more like Senate Democrats would rather do all that they did in reading and questioning for nothing more than political theater," Spicer said.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch was asked nearly 1,200 questions during his three days of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, and the White House said Thursday Democrats seem to be using the hearings for their own political purposes.
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