Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces senators

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch completed his 20-hour Senate confirmation hearing with the judiciary committee on Wednesday.

Gorsuch, a conservative federal appeals court judge from Colorado, got through the hearing largely unscathed. He did, however, avoid answering questions on what he thought about past cases on abortion, gun rights, political spending and religious rights.

“What worries me is you have been very much able to avoid any specificity, like no one I have ever seen before,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, told Gorsuch.

The committee will complete its deliberations on Thursday. Chairman Chuck Grassley said the committee is expected to vote on Gorsuch’s nomination on April 3, and the full Senate will vote shortly after.

If confirmed, Gorsuch will restore the 5-4 conservative majority on the bench, filling the seat that has been open since the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. He needs 60 votes to be confirmed, but Republicans could change the rules to allow him to be confirmed by a simple majority.

Here’s a look as some of the key parts of the hearing so far.

Nicole Brown with Lauren Cook