As the Senate wrestles with a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg dialed into BBC Radio’s “Up All Night” this this week to defend the federal appellate judge.
“I don’t agree with many of his opinions, but knowing him and having appeared in front of him, I think he’s a man of integrity,” Burg explained to host Rhod Sharp. “I don’t think he’s going to be a pawn for President Trump.”
And while he said he understood Democratic anger over the Senate’s successful blockade of Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Burg disagrees with the party’s current approach.
“I think they’re making a big mistake, because there are a lot of worse candidates the Republicans can push through,” Burg said, “who don’t either have the intellectual capacity of Judge Gorsuch or his integrity.”
Burg added that forcing the GOP’s hand into changing the Senate filibuster rules will ultimately open the door to less qualified, more objectionable candidates in the future.
The U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch after a brief debate Friday morning. The 54-45 confirmation vote for Gorsuch fills the seat once vacated by the late justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch will meet with Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday before being sworn in.