The Latest: Gorsuch: Originalism is equal protection for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch: (all times EDT):

10:55 a.m.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says his philosophy of originalism means equal protection for all.

Originalism is judicial philosophy focusing on the Constitution’s text. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked how that philosophy reconciles with the rights of gays and lesbians.

Gorsuch noted there is precedent on that issue. He says “it matters not a whit that some of the drafters of the 14th amendment were racists, because they were, or sexists, because they were.”

Gorsuch added: “the law they drafted promises equal protection of the law to all persons.”

Feinstein also expressed concern about the abortion decision Roe vs. Wade. Gorsuch won’t say how he’d rule on that or other issues.

Feinstein says “young women take everything for granted these days, and all of that could be struck out with one decision.”


10:35 a.m.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley is pushing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to support putting cameras in the courtroom.

Several members of the committee have sponsored legislation to place cameras in the Supreme Court. Grassley says it would provide Americans with more access to the court and promote a better understanding.

But many Supreme Court justices have opposed the idea.

Asked about the issue Tuesday, Gorsuch said he’d have an open mind. He reiterated that promise to Grassley on Wednesday, saying he’d gotten to know many photographers since he’d been nominated and they’re “nice folks.”

Grassley joked that former Justice David Souter had said he’d allow cameras in the court over his dead body.

But Grassley noted that Souter is “not on the courts now, so that’s one less person.”


9 a.m.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his confirmation hearing — and his final day of testimony — largely unscathed by Democratic attacks. Republicans are predicting he will win Senate approval despite liberal opposition.

A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are calling for Gorsuch’s confirmation to be delayed because of the FBI investigation of ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

But Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa dismissed that demand as “ridiculous,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told The Associated Press: “Gorsuch will be confirmed. I just can’t tell you exactly how that will happen yet.”