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>> I took the task of this nomination very seriously.>> President Donald Trump's rollout of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, widely viewed as one of his better early moves. But as Gorsuch goes to the Senate Monday for his confirmation hearings, he's likely to be haunted by some of Trump's most contentious acts, his executive orders on immigration.
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Supreme Court reporter Lawrence Hurley.>> The immigration travel ban announced by Donald Trump actually puts the nominee for the Supreme Court into quite an awkward position. He attacked several judges, called one judge a so-called judge who had blocked the ban. And so, even before he's on the Court, he has to sort of distance himself from comments made by the President to show that he could be an independent judge on the Supreme Court, cuz that case now could be heading towards the Supreme Court.
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So one of the first things he might be asked to do when he gets on the Court is to rule whether Trump's travel ban is legal.>> Gorsuch would restore a conservative majority to the court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia early last year.>>
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]>> And most assuredly, he'll be asked about abortion.>> The sort of elephant in the room, which is the Roe versus Wade decision that legalized abortion, conservatives have long wanted to overturn. And so, when they ask questions about how important it is to respect the Court's previous rulings it's kind of all those questions are really getting to, are you gonna overturn Roe versus Wade?
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>> What do we do?>>
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>> Senate Democrats remain livid at the GOP's refusal to consider then President Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland. But now, under the rules of the Senate, Republicans will need the help of at least eight Democrats to put Gorsuch over the top.