The many faces of Chuck Grassley

Iowa senator navigating second Trump pick to Supreme Court

 

Iowa’s senior senator is shepherding the second of President Donald Trump’s nominees onto the U.S. Supreme Court.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Chuck Grassley refused to call a confirmation hearing late in President Barack Obama’s term to consider his nominee, Merrick Garland, who ultimately returned to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

However, Grassley later scheduled a confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch, also a federal appeals court judge at the time, who was Trump’s pick for the same Supreme Court seat. Although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats would filibuster a vote on Gorsuch, Republicans triggered the “nuclear option” of lowering the vote threshold and Gorsuch later was confirmed on a 54-45 vote.

The confirmation hearing on Trump’s second pick, Brent Kavanaugh, was extended to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who said Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were high school students. Kavanaugh forcefully denied the accusation.

Browse a collection of photos of Sen. Chuck Grassley during yesterday and today's hearings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A day after the extraordinary hearing, a Republican majority on Grassley’s Judiciary Committee decided to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to a Senate floor vote.

Only a few senators had not announced by Friday morning how they will vote: Susan Collins, R-Maine; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia.

A full Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices. With the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, here are the eight people on the court now:

John G. Roberts Jr.

Chief Justice

Nominated by President George W. Bush

Took his seat Sept. 29, 2005.

 

Clarence Thomas

Associate Justice

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush

Took his seat Oct. 23, 1991

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice

Nominated by President Bill Clinton

Took her seat Aug. 10, 1993

 

Stephen G. Breyer

Associate Justice

Nominated by President Bill Clinton

Took his seat Aug. 3, 1994

 

Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Associate Justice

Nominated by President George W. Bush

Took his seat Jan. 31, 2006

 

Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice

Nominated by President Barack Obama

Took her seat Aug. 8, 2009

 

Elena Kagan

Associate Justice

Nominated by President Barack Obama

Took her seat Aug. 7, 2010

 

Neil M. Gorsuch

Associate Justice

Nominated by President Donald Trump

Took his seat April 10, 2017

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