Gorsuch: 'I would have walked out of the door' if Trump asked to overturn Roe v. Wade


Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, faced some tough questions during the second day of his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Multiple senators questioned Gorsuch on Roe v. Wade -- the landmark 1973 case lead to the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pressed Gorsuch on his initial interview with the president, asking, "In that interview, did he ever ask you to overrule Roe v. Wade?"

Gorsuch responded, "No, Senator."

"What would you have done if he had asked?" Graham pushed further.

"I would have walked out of the door," Gorsuch said. "It's not what judges do. I don't do it at that end of Pennsylvania Avenue and they shouldn't do it at this end either, respectfully."

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Trump's nominee also said he would have no difficulty ruling against the President, saying there is no such thing as Republican or Democratic judges, just judges.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the judge if he thinks the ruling should be a "super precedent" since it has been upheld in following cases. Gorsuch responded that Roe v. Wade has been "reaffirmed many times" but didn't say whether or not he felt the decision was right or wrong.

Throughout his campaign, President Trump stated that he would nominate a conservative judge to the Supreme Court with the intent of overturning Roe v. Wade. Trump also signed an executive order just days after taking office, banning U.S. funding for all international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions.