Judge Neil Gorsuch revealed Tuesday during his confirmation hearing how he felt when he discovered he was on then-candidate, now President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last May, Trump released a list, which did not include Gorsuch, of judges that he said would “guide” his selection process when choosing a nominee as president. Trump released additional names in September, which he said finalized the list. Gorsuch’s name was on the updated second list.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Trump’s decision to release a list of potential judges during the campaign "transparent."
“When did you first learn that you were on candidate Trump’s extended list?” Grassley asked Gorsuch.
Gorsuch said he found out after having breakfast with a friend.
“We were having breakfast one day, and he said, ‘Neil, you’re not on the list,’ ” Gorsuch said. “And I said, 'You’re right, I’m fine. I’m not on the list.’ ”
“He said, ‘You should be on the list,” the nominee continued. “I said, ‘I love life in Colorado. I wouldn’t change a thing.’ ”
Gorsuch said that as he left breakfast, he got an email from that same friend who wrote, “There’s a new list! And you’re on it!”
“I assume you thanked him,” Grassley said.
“I don’t know about that,” Gorsuch joked.
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