Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, will begin confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Considering the high-profile nature of the nomination, you may be wondering how to watch Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings. Thankfully, there are many ways to witness this historic, if not highly controversial, event.
Gorsuch's confirmation hearings officially begin at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, March 20. The hearings are expected to last three to four days and, on Monday, the program will largely consist of opening statements, both from the 20 Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee and from the Supreme Court nominee himself. Gorsuch will begin answering questions from the Committee on Tuesday.
Online viewing is likely going to be your best bet for watching the confirmation hearings live as well as after-the-fact. CBS reports that its video-streaming news site, CBSN, will begin live coverage of the event at 7 a.m. ET on Monday and will then live-stream the confirmation hearing once it begins. CBS News will also be live blogging during the event if you wish to follow the hearings in real time but do not wish to watch a video-stream.
In addition to CBSN, other news outlets are also offering streaming services. PBS News Hour is providing a live-stream and live coverage of the hearings on its website, and C-SPAN will also be live-streaming the event online. Furthermore, if you would like an audio-only option of tuning into the event, C-SPAN will also be broadcasting the hearings on its C-SPAN radio app.
For those hoping to watch the Gorsuch hearings on television, finding a wide array of live coverage may be a bit trickier. However, if you have access to cable you are in luck, as C-SPAN has indicated that, in addition to online and radio streaming, it will be covering Gorsuch's hearings live beginning at 11 a.m. ET on its C-SPAN 2 television channel. Of course, while likely not covering the event live, many television news channels will also presumably offer recaps of the hearings throughout the week, if you would rather watch summaries and brief clips as opposed to viewing the hearings in their entirety.
In addition to television and online streaming options, using social media, especially Twitter, to follow the hearings is a great way to garner public reactions to the event in real time. Twitter constitutes a very unique way to tune into the hearings without watching a live-stream as well as allows you to contribute your own thoughts on the event, should you choose to do so.
Whatever way you may choose to follow the Gorsuch hearing, watching the event unfold will certainly be a historic opportunity, as the relative rarity of Supreme Court nominations coupled with the controversy surrounding Gorsuch's nomination presents a very unique and intriguing set of circumstances.