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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Lost His Patience When Grilled About the Travel Ban

When Senator Patrick Leahy tried to take the judge’s temperature on the pending judicial fight, Gorsuch got testy.
March 21, 2017, 9:30pm

President Donald Trump's travel ban was bound to come up during the Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

But when Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, tried to take Gorsuch's temperature on the pending judicial fight, Gorsuch got testy.

Courts have blocked two separate executive orders that sought to limit travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries and temporarily halt all refugee resettlement. The Supreme Court, which has been split 4-4 between conservative and liberal justices since Antonin Scalia's death last year, may hear the Trump administration's appeal.

Gorsuch admitted as much during the hearing, and Leahy wanted to know which way the nominated judge might rule. "Does the First Amendment allow the use of a religious litmus test for entry into the United States?" the Vermont senator asked.

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