Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, she told NY1 Online.
"Ultimately, yeah, I believe he will be," the New York Democrat said.
However, she said that she opposes Gorsuch's nomination "because he is so ultra-right-wing conservative."
She believes Mitch McConnell and Republicans would see to it that Gorsuch will get the votes.
"I hope we do vote him down. But make no mistake - if we do hold the line with 60 votes, Mitch McConnell will change the rules the next day," Gillibrand said.
"I do not have any hope that he won't change the rules the minute he doesn’t get his way. So it likely will be 51 votes, regardless, at any given time that a nominee is blocked," Gillibrand said, referring to a possible change in the rules that would only require 51 Senate votes to confirm a nominee instead of the current 60-vote threshold.
President Donald Trump has told Senate Republicans to "go nuclear" with the rule change to ensure Gorsuch gains the seat.
Gorsuch, whose hearing is expected in March, is keeping his opinions to himself during interviews, according to The New York Times.
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