Sen. Patrick Leahy said he will vote against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch because his answers during the confirmation hearing were evasive.
"I cannot recall a nominee refusing to answer such basic questions about the principles underlying our Constitution, and about how he interprets those principles. These are fundamental questions that we should ask every nominee seeking a lifetime appointment to our highest court," Leahy said Monday in a statement.
"Judge Gorsuch would not even state whether he agreed with certain landmark Supreme Court cases such as Brown vs. Board of Education," Leahy said about the 1954 decision that desegregated schools.
"Is there anybody on this committee or elsewhere who would disagree with Brown vs. Board of Education?" Leahy asked when reading his statement at the hearing, according to The Hill.
"He refused to say whether he believes that the Equal Protection Clause applies to women. He refused to say whether the framers of the First Amendment believed it permitted the use of religious litmus test," the Vermont Democrat added.
Gorsuch did not ease issues over whether he would be partisan in his decisions, "he in fact solidified them."
"Some of the questions that I asked him were not intended to be difficult. Several could have been answered by any first-year law student, with ease," the senator said.
Leahy, who presided over the confirmations of President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court nominees, slammed Gorsuch's responses.
"Judge Gorsuch appears to believe that since Republicans are in the majority he need not answer questions and is entitled to confirmation."
"I will not and cannot support" Gorsuch's nomination, Leahy said, according to an ABC News tweet.
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