>> I have no difficulty ruling against or for any party.>> Supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch staking out his independence from President Donald Trump Tuesday, had said confirmation hearings already marked by sharp partisan point scoring.>> Specifically tell us whether you'd have any trouble ruling against the president who appointed you.
>> I have offered no promises on how I'd rule in case to any one, and I don't think it's appropriate for a judge to do so no matter who's doing the asking.>> Supreme Court Reporter Lauren Hurley.>> He've obviously very careful not give an indication that he would be sort of a an automatic vote for Trump.
>> But despite slim odds of blocking him Senate Democrats raising doubts about the conservative appeals judges fitness for the high court. Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein calling out Gorsuch over his work for the Justice Department under President George W Bush. Suggesting he helped build an legal defense for water boarding.
>> The set of talking points prepared for a press conference asked whether and I quote, aggressive interrogation techniques yielded any valuable information, and in the margin you hand wrote one word. Yes.>> Senator, I'd have to see the document, I don't recall.>> Feinstein also looking for assurances Gorsuch wouldn't vote to overturn the landmark Roe V Wade case legalizing abortion.
>> Do you view Roe as having super precedent?>> It has been reaffirmed many times. I can say that.>> Gorsuch refusing to say how he would rule on abortion as well as gun rights and President Trump's contentious travel ban after Trump railed against federal judges who opposed it.
>> But Senator, when anyone criticizes the honesty or integrity or motive of a federal judge, I find that disheartening I find that demoralized.>> There's still more to come but so far the Democrats haven't really layed a glove on him. He's also sort of tried to crack a couple of jokes.
Kind of has the demeanor of a guy who seems like he thinks he's gonna get confirmed.>> Gorsuch would fill the seat left by the death of conservative justiceAntonin Scalia more than a year ago. Democrats taking a line that it rightly belongs to Jude Merrick Garland. Who was denied a confirmation hearing by Republicans who control the Senate.