President Trump's nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has faced questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says he's a "no" on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Speaking in the Senate, Schumer told his colleagues that Gorsuch "was unable to sufficiently convince me that he'd be an independent check" on Donald Trump and his policies.
Any move to save the filibuster would be reminiscent of the "Gang of 14", a group that included Democrats who agreed to confirm some of President George W. Bush's stalled judicial nominees as Republicans pledged not to support a rules change. "It is to change the nominee", he said.
Democrats have been opposed to Gorsuch filling the Supreme Court's vacant ninth seat since he was formally nominated by Trump last month. Mr Schumer's position is no surprise; Democrats remain angry that Republicans controlling the Senate denied former president Barack Obama a hearing on his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died more than a year ago.
"If Judge Gorsuch can't achieve 60 votes in the Senate, could any judge appointed by a Republican president be approved with 60 or more votes in the Senate?" the Kentucky Republican had asked reporters.
After Thursday, it will be up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on whether to send the nomination to the full Senate.
We are likely to disagree with Gorsuch on a variety of major legal questions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asked earlier in the week. In fact, the most buzz worthy moments of the hearing painted Gorsuch in a positive light for the left.
Grassley then asked Gorsuch to think about the issue and reconfirm that he would keep an open mind about allowing cameras in the Supreme Court. "Whenever I see his name attached to an opinion, it's one I read with special care", Judge Gorsuch said.
A top Republican says Trump's nominee is headed for the Supreme Court. ". I'm not going to play that game and let them use the traditions of the Senate when they choose to and grab power when they want to".
Two other Democratic senators, Thomas Carper of DE and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, said they would support the filibuster, the Post reports.