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Gorsuch says he’ll think about cameras in Supreme Court
Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) began her questioning by asking Gorsuch about an issue of transparency: Whether there should be cameras inside the U.S. Supreme Court.

This has been a topic of some debate over the years. Currently, Supreme Court cases are heard before relatively small audiences who gather in a room stripped of most modern technologies. Smartphones and computers are not allowed, for instance.

When asked about this, Gorsuch declined to take a side and instead said he would be open to hearing justices argue both sides of the issue.

“That’s a very important question,” Gorsuch told Klobuchar before saying he did not have any preconceived opinion on the topic. “I come to it with an open mind. It’s not a question that I confess I’ve given a great deal of thought to.”

Alluding to his recent experience in the spotlight as a Supreme Court nominee, Gorsuch said he has “experienced more cameras in the last few weeks than I have in my whole lifetime.”

Gorsuch was also asked if he felt there should be ethics standards for Supreme Court justices, much as there are for all other federal judges. (These other judges are obliged to follow a Code of Conduct that some have argued should apply to the justices. The court’s current chief justice does not agree.)

Though Gorsuch said he knew the rules for justices were not the same as those for judges, he said he was not familiar with how different they were, and pledged to consider the issue down the line.

Related: Who pays when Supreme Court justices travel around the world?

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.

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