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Day 2: That’s a wrap!

Judge Neil Gorsuch will return to the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for more questioning. This time, senators will receive 20 minutes each instead of 30, so the overall length of the hearing is expected to be shorter than Tuesday’s session.

Meantime, check out our wrap of the day here.

Gorsuch: I knew Obama at Harvard, but ‘not well’

White House press secretary’s tweet draws scrutiny

White House press secretary Sean Spicer weighed in on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s remarks about finding the criticism of federal judges “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” arguing they did not apply specifically to Trump:

Gorsuch declined to comment specifically on Trump’s criticism of some federal judges. But he did say he finds such criticism bothersome when it comes from “anyone.”

And later, when asked by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) if he was “merely speaking broadly,” Gorsuch took issue.

“I don’t think I was merely speaking broadly,” he said, adding: “I was speaking about anyone.”

Hirono then mentioned Spicer’s tweet.

How to pronounce Gorsuch

At the top of his 30 minutes of questioning, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) asked Judge Neil Gorsuch to clarify for everyone how he pronounces his name and he obliged.

“For everybody in the audience it’s Gor-SUCH,” Tillis reminded, his pronunciation rhyming with “much.”

Gorsuch diverts from money in politics question, Dem senator not pleased
(Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

When Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) asked Judge Neil Gorsuch about whether he was concerned by the extent to which money plays a role in politics, he started with an anecdote about watching his mom campaign for the state House as a nine-year-old. He quipped that it was her form of daycare.

Hirono was not amused.

“I’m sorry, I only have 18 minutes left,” she said, referencing the 30 minutes each senator on the committee is given for questioning during the day.

Gorsuch then answered in the same way he answered many questions throughout the hearing: by effectively declining to comment.

“I have lots of concerns as a person and a citizen. And I am now a judge and my personal views have nothing to do with how I rule on cases,” he said.

Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings: Updates and analysis on the Supreme Court nominee
epa05860192 Neil Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 20 March 2017. Gorsuch, who was nominated by US President Donald J. Trump on 31 January 2017, begins his confirmation hearing 401 days after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans refused to vote or hold confirmation hearings on former President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, resulting in the longest opening on the court since the 1860s. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, is on Capitol Hill today for confirmations hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat left open by the death of Antonin Scalia and has broad support among Republicans.

It’s a chance for Senate Democrats to take a stand against the Trump administration, and express their anger that Republicans blocked a hearing for President Barack Obama’s selection for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Monday is the beginning of four days of hearings. Follow along.

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