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5 Things to Know About the Neil Gorsuch Hearing

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch. The question and answer sessions will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday. While Republicans showed nothing but respect, more than a few Democrats questioned Gorsuch, suggesting he would favor corporations over people.

Here is a brief summary of the hearing's main events.

1. John Elway endorsed Gorsuch — on Broncos letterhead.

Neil Gorsuch is a Coloradan, through and through. Both of Colorado's senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet, agreed with the late Justice Antonin Scalia that California does not count as the West, and that it is important for the Supreme Court to be "geographically diverse." Gardner declared, "I am certain Judge Gorsuch will make Colorado proud."

In answer to that, fans of the NFL Team the Denver Broncos might reply that he already has. On Monday, Gorsuch received the support of former Broncos Quarterback John Elway, an immortal star in Colorado's eyes. The two-time Super Bowl champion, who currently serves as executive vice president of football operations and general manager for the Denver Broncos, had glowing praise for Gorsuch.

"It is with my highest recommendation that I support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court," Elway wrote on official Broncos letterhead. "As a native of Colorado, Neil has demonstrated tremendous intelligence, character and fairness while serving for more than a decade on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. His credentials, integrity, and sound moral compass are major reasons why he's already received so much bipartisan support for his nomination."

Elway added that "Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you that I'm a big fan of his."