Baier: Could Be a Month Until Judge Gorsuch Is Confirmed to SCOTUS
Following President Trump's nomination of United States Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Bret Baier said observers can expect a lengthy span of time between tonight and the day Gorsuch is installed on the court.
"Democrats will use every possible question to get into his past," Baier said, "It will take some time."
He said Democrats will ask for paperwork of all kinds from Gorsuch's history and that between the bevy of questions they will pose during confirmation hearings to planned filibusters, Gorsuch may not be approved until March.
Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to confirm Gorsuch, and Baier said that with the 53 members of the GOP alone, they may not be able to break a Democrat filibuster unless Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) changes the rules to allow for a simple majority of 51 "yea" votes.
However, he noted that there are ten Senate Democrats from states that voted for Trump in 2016 who are up for reelection in 2018.
Those senators, who include Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania), Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), Bill Nelson (Florida), Jon Tester (Montana), Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) and Joe Manchin III (West Virginia), may face pressure from their constituents.
"There will be a massive social media campaign" for the opposing sides of Gorsuch's nomination, he said.
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