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Gorsuch: 'No Such Thing as Republican or Democratic Judge'

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 09:24 PM

Judge Neil Gorsuch stressed his independence Tuesday from President Donald Trump during a second day of confirmation hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court.

The high court nominee insisted he will not be beholden to the man who nominated him in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman, Sen. Charles  Grassley, R-Iowa, who asked if Gorsuch would have any trouble ruling against Trump, The Washington Post reported.

"I have no difficulty ruling against or for any party other than based on what the law and the facts of a particular case require," Gorsuch answered.

"And I'm heartened by the support I have received from people who recognize that there's no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge — we just have judges in this country."

Later, when Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., mentioned a Republican lawmaker recently suggested Gorsuch would uphold Trump's travel ban if it came before the high court, the nominee shot back: "Senator, he has no idea how I'd rule in that case," the Post reported.

And questioned by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., if Trump had asked Gorsuch, in a pre-nomination interview, to overrule Roe v. Wade and return decisions on abortion back to the states, the judge curtly replied:

"Senator, I would have walked out the door."

Gorsuch will be at the witness table again Wednesday as well as the fourth and final day of hearings scheduled for Thursday.

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