Neil Gorsuch is Donald Trump’s selection for the vacant Chief Justice of the Supreme Court position. This position has remained open since Justice Scalia’s death last year.
With a Republican controlled congress, conservatives managed to block any potential nomination. Additionally, Obama slowly reduced his workload over the final year of his presidency. Since the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, Republicans have applauded the selection, while Democrats have poked and prodded, attempting to find fault with the selection.
This is nothing unusual and is ultimately par for the course. Republicans did the same when President Obama made his selections for the Supreme Court. Realistically, it is desirable to maintain a 3/4 or 4/3 split between conservative and liberal chief justices in order to ensure as close to a center leaning court system as possible.
Recently, Neil Gorsuch went before congress in order to begin his confirmation hearing and answer questions laid out by both Democrats and Republicans. As expected, Democrats took the opportunity to ask as many tough questions as possible.
While some might lambaste liberals for asking certain questions, a qualified judge should be able to handle a wide range of questions, so these questions are more of a proving ground for a potential Supreme Court member more than anything else.
During the questioning, Democrats asked Gorsuch about what he thought of Donald Trump and if he would be willing to stand trial over the president if necessary. How did Neil answer the question? Watch the video to find out.