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Dem super PAC drops opposition book on Trump court pick

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Democratic super PAC American Bridge is releasing all of its opposition research on President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

The 78-page booklet, given exclusively to The Hill, blasts Gorsuch as “too extreme for the Supreme Court,” a precursor to what’s expected to be a liberal pounding ahead of his confirmation hearing. 
Jessica Mackler, American Bridge’s president, accused Trump of seeking to bury his nomination in a whirlwind of news about his controversial executive order on immigration and refugees.
{mosads}”We’re not going to let Donald Trump get away with trying to push through an extreme, far-right Supreme Court nominee by taking advantage of a week when people are already rightly focused on Trump’s Muslim ban, dangerous Cabinet nominees and efforts to strip healthcare from 20 million Americans,” she told The Hill.
“Opening American Bridge’s initial research on Neil Gorsuch to the public so they can learn the full picture about Donald Trump’s nominee is the first step in exposing Gorsuch as a right-wing conservative who is severely out of touch with mainstream Americans.”
Gorsuch, 49, currently sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and previously worked in private practice. He’s respected among conservatives as a proponent of originalism, which takes the Founding Fathers at their word instead of treating the Constitution as a living document. 
The research book highlights a number of stances that might not sit well with Democrats, including his opposition to the ObamaCare policy that compelled religious organizations to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. But it also notes more controversial rulings, like a 2013 decision that defended an officer who tasered a fleeing man in the head, ultimately killing him. 
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