Three hours before a federal appeals court kept the blockade on President Trump’s immigration ban, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley told the Washington Examiner the looming judgment should not affect Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination.

Grassley said he expected that Gorsuch would bypass questions about the case from members of the Judiciary Committee because Gorsuch may need to adjudicate the case or something similar to it in the future while seated on the high court. Grassley also said he would want any case on the merits of Trump’s immigration ban to reach the high court before Gorsuch’s potential confirmation.

“I would expect it to be there before [Gorsuch is seated],” Grassley said of litigating Trump’s ban at the Supreme Court, “For something that is kind of a, for something that the court ought to take up out of order.”

As much as Grassley may hope court proceedings involving Trump’s ban do not take over Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings, progressives will look to ensure that the ban is a central theme in the battle for the Supreme Court. The liberal Alliance for Justice organization used the federal appeals court’s Thursday ruling to target Gorsuch.

The White House, meanwhile, is looking to win over Senate Democrats that progressives will need to stop Gorsuch’s nomination. Grassley ate lunch on Thursday with President Trump and fellow senators to discuss “judicial matters,” but Grassley said the discussion quickly turned toward other issues.

“I think that whole purpose was to talk about the Supreme Court, but I think that there were a lot of Democrats that don’t get to the White House too often; wanted to take advantage of it,” Grassley said. “The Supreme Court did come up, but I bet it didn’t dominate more then 10 or 15 percent of the conversation. I mean we just talked about other things.”

He added, “Maybe I can say what we talked about, can you imagine we talked about the Export-Import bank? I don’t know. We talked about infrastructure. I’m not sure that’s what the president wanted to talk about but that’s what members brought up and he was courteous enough to listen to them.”

Following Thursday’s ruling keeping the blockade of the immigration ban in place, Trump tweeted, “SEE YOU IN COURT.” Whatever steps Trump takes next in the legal dispute over his immigration ban, they will certainly also have an impact on the fight for control of the Supreme Court.

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