The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to question Judge Gorsuch next week. What’s the process look like and is there a likelihood of high drama on the Hill? The ragtag gang of the usual suspects previews the hearings!
Direct download: Advice & Consent 27: Judiciary Committee Hearing Preview (mp3)
(Still) not much news, but it’s warming up
Gorsuch continues to meet with Senators and is undoubtedly in full “murder board” prep.
New York Times reports connections between Gorsuch and “secretive billionaire” (oooh) Philip Anschutz, including the Colorado media mogul, Federalist Society backer and random sports team owner lobbying for Gorsuch’s 10th Circuit seat, among other things.
CRS report on Judge Gorsuch’s Record.
People impacted by Judge Gorsuch’s decisions came to D.C. today (3/15) for a press conference. Attending were 1) Alphonse Maddin, who was the trucker in the previously discussed who had been fired from his job at TransAm Trucking in 2009 when he nearly froze, 2) Patricia Caplinger, who sued Medtronic, when a medical device called Infuse was implanted in her in a way that was not approved by the FDA in 2015, and 3) Katherine Hwang whose mother, Grace, was fired from her teaching position at Kansas State after requesting accommodations after returning to work from leave for cancer treatment. The Hwang family also wrote an op-ed that was published in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Senator Warren joined groups opposed to Judge Gorusch at a rally outside the Supreme Court.
Followup from last pod
You may recall us highlighting the UPS gender discrimination case where Judge Gorsuch dissented, suggesting the lack of universal gender discrimination in the office was a reason the plaintiff shouldn’t get to a jury. The Tenth Circuit rejected that, following the settled concept that just because not everyone in a group is discriminated against doesn’t provide proof there isn’t discrimination going on against some of them. Tonight as we record, a federal district court in Hawaii used very similar logic to reject an argument of the Trump administration that the Muslim ban can’t be a Muslim ban because it doesn’t apply to all Muslim majority countries. Just a reminder… Judge Gorsuch was on the wrong end of this argument, as was the Trump administration.
Judiciary Committee Hearing Preview
Overview of the Process
What “always” happens/what we should definitely expect
- (i.e. softballs from GOP and hardballs from Dems)
What are things that would make this hearing go differently?
- (a few ideas)
- The Trump factor – attempts to secure a promise of independence (probability: high)
- Judge Gorsuch Borks himself (probability: exceedingly low)
- The Garland factor – attempts to say “you’re potentially SCOTUS worthy, but we won’t consider you until Garland gets a hearing” (probability: possible mention, but unlikely to go this far)
- The snooze factor – OMG How Do You Dissect Chevron, Class Actions, Arbitrations and Not Make People Sleepy factor – attempts to really get at the heart of Gorsuch’s troubling record on topics that make it hard for people to bring cases to court and that potentially dismantle administrative agency authority (probability: moderate)
- The Russia factor – calls to scuttle all lifetime appointments until Russia allegations are resolved (probability: unclear but low)
- The Other News factor – there are so many things happening, so will this receive the coverage such an event deserves? (probability: high)
Happy 1 year podaversary Advice & Consent (3/17… go have a green beer to celebrate.)
Look for a show Tuesday night after the first round of questions… then another show as appropriate, but certainly a hearing wrap up the week after.