Republican senators grilled President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy about his past statements on abortion and recent Supreme Court decisions during a sometimes tense Senate Judiciary Confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Hampton Dellinger, a former partner at Boies Schiller Flexner—who if confirmed will advise DOJ leadership on policy matters and help vet judicial candidates—touted his fact-based approach to matters of law and policy and his ability to work across the aisle. Dellinger served as former North Carolina deputy attorney general and chief legal counsel for the state’s governor, Mike Easley.