WASHINGTON D.C. – Monday marked the first day of confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, with a Nebraska senator offering complimentary opinions at the end of his statement.
Judge Neil Gorsuch heard opening statements from the Senate Judiciary committee on Monday.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, focused his message on the idea of a judge wearing a black robe, and the importance of judges wearing the unfashionable attire.
Sasse gave various reasons why judges go through this convention, even quoting Gorsuch on the matter.
After his 10 minute speech, in which he also said nominating Gorsuch could be the most important thing the Senate did in 2017, the Nebraska senator spoke as if he was certain that he would vote to place Gorsuch on the country’s highest court.
“Before he can put on that black robe he must answer this committee’s questions. I expect that Mr. Gorsuch, the citizen, has policy preferences and desired outcomes. I also expect that by the end of this week it will be clear that Judge Gorsuch, the judge’s judge, will faithfully embody the spirit of that black robe,” says Sasse.
Monday was the first of four days of confirmation hearings for Gorsuch, who is widely hailed by conservatives. He will be taking questions from senators over the next several days, before a confirmation vote.
Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer has also praised Gorsuch in the past.