The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told Fox News' "The First 100 Days" Monday night that Judge Neil Gorsuch would be confirmed to the Supreme Court this week regardless of whether Democrats attempted to filibuster him.
"Let me assure you that Judge Gorsuch is going to be on the Supreme Court by midnight Friday night," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told host Martha MacCallum. "I can assure you that. One way or the other, he’s going to get the necessary votes to get there."
Gorsuch's nomination cleared the committee earlier Monday on a party-line vote. More than 40 Democrats have said they would be willing to block the nomination, which could force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to use the so-called "nuclear option" and change the rules so that Gorsuch's confirmation would only require a majority vote.
Grassley said he shared concerns about what the nuclear option meant for the future of the Senate, but pointed that "for 211 years, there weren’t filibusters of judges" and noted that "there hasn't been a partisan filibuster against a Supreme Court justice ever. This is the first one."
"I hope we get over that, and this is an opportunity to do that with a very qualified person," Grassley added. "If this person wasn’t qualified, then I think they could talk politics. But politics isn’t going to work for this one."