Inside the historic Eisenhower Executive Office Building, one room has been transformed to mimic the scene Neil Gorsuch will face next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee — bright lights and all.
The Supreme Court nominee is digging through his own voluminous record of legal opinions and undergoing “murder boards” to practice answering pointed questions from 20 probing senators. Some of his former law clerks have been enlisted for hearing prep.
And there are plenty of times when Gorsuch is studying and preparing alone.
“He’s a judge’s judge,” former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who has guided Gorsuch through his confirmation process as his so-called “sherpa,” said in an interview. “So he’s been spending a lot of time reviewing case law and reviewing his cases and also participating in some mock hearings.”