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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
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.