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.