The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court has been moving along smoothly as confirmation hearings get set to open Monday, and people close to the proceedings say it is because President Donald Trump has not been very involved, Politico is reporting.
"He picked somebody he knew conservatives would like, he wants to win, but we haven't seen a lot of tweeting about it," said Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School. "He's kept out of it. This is the best proof that to the extent Trump stays out of issues, they can work smoothly.
"If you look generally at Trump's first 56 days, the more he talks about an issue the more difficult it is for him."
So far, much of the work has been done with the support of outside groups, according to Politico. The website noted Leonard Leo of the conservative Federalist Society has led the way in helping direct the nomination.
And White House counsel Don McGahn has brought in outside advisers to help prepare Gorsuch.
Still, Gorsuch is expected tough questions from Democrats, who mostly likely will press him on his views on everything from abortion to Trump's public criticism of some judges. The Hill noted.
But even Democrats concede that so far Gorsuch has stayed out of trouble, but they warn the fight is far from over.
"You are assuming, number one, that he will sail through the confirmation hearing, which may happen," Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a member of the Judiciary Committee is quoted in The New York Times.
"But in this very unpredictable and unconventional year, we are learning stuff that we never thought likely or even imagined."
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