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Trump Taps ‘Superb Intellect’ Gorsuch for Supreme Court

from – PoliZette – by Jim Stinson

President Donald Trump picked Neil Gorsuch, a federal jurist, to be the ninth Supreme Court justice Tuesday.

Trump made the announcement at an 8 p.m. news conference with Gorsuch in the White House.

If confirmed, Gorsuch would replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died at a Texas ranch almost a year ago, on Feb. 13. Gorsuch will be the key fifth vote for conservatives on the nine-member court.

What remains now is whether the Democrats will seek to stop Gorsuch via filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Only minutes after Trump announced Gorsuch, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leader, suggested he would oppose the president’s nominee.

But the Republicans, who control the Senate, rallied immediately around the soft-spoken man from Colorado, although no Republican senator that LifeZette spoke to at the White House said they were ready to nuke the filibuster, which is the one tool Democrats could use to end the nomination.

“We’ll see what happens,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), speaking to LifeZette after the announcement. “I think this pick is the best person imaginable to bring people together.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said being mad about the GOP blocking President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland is not reason enough for Democrats to oppose Gorsuch. But Graham also told LifeZette it would be a “huge mistake” to get rid of the filibuster rule on Supreme Court nominees.

Gorsuch, 49, was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush in 2006.

As the youngest nominee to the nation’s highest court in 25 years, if confirmed by the Senate, he will likely be able to serve for decades, just as Scalia did.

Scalia’s vacancy has been open a year, leaving the court split with four conservative jurists and four liberal jurists. Gorsuch could break the tie, meaning this could be the biggest fight of the year in the U.S. Senate.

Gorsuch is a Colorado native. He is the son of the late Anne Gorsuch Burford, who was former President Reagan’s first EPA administrator, from 1981 to 1983.

But it’s Gorsuch’s legal mind that likely attracted the Trump administration. He is Ivy League through and through: He got his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, then a law degree from Harvard University. He also got a doctorate from Oxford University in England.

“Judge Gorsuch has a superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its text. He will make an incredible justice as soon as the Senate confirms him,” Trump said at the press conference for the announcement.

According to SCOTUSBlog, Gorsuch clerked for prominent conservative judges: Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; the late Justice Byron White of the Supreme Court; and current Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Gorsuch has a soft-spoken, humble manner. He and his wife had their arms around each other as Trump announced his first pick, and perhaps one of his most impactful.

Gorsuch thanked Sentelle, who was in the East Room with a slew of top Republican officials. He also paid tribute to Scalia.

“Justice Scalia was a lion of the law,” said Gorsuch. “I miss him.”

According to the Associated Press, Gorsuch has written 175 majority opinions and 65 concurrences or dissents in his decade on the 10th Circuit.

Gorsuch wrote in favor of courts’ second-guessing of government regulations, in defense of religious freedom, and skeptically about law enforcement, according to AP. He has written that courts give too much power to government agencies who interpret the law, rather than the people who object to the agencies overreaching.

And, according to AP, Gorsuch sided with two groups that mounted religious objections to the Obama administration’s requirements that employers provide health insurance that includes contraception for women. This was the famous Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case. The Supreme Court later said the religious beliefs of employers were indeed violated, sparking much controversy.

Gorsuch is sure to be grilled about the issue, and he will likely be opposed by pro-choice activist groups.

Gorsuch will also be asked if he supports original intent of the Constitution, or if he believes the Constitution is a flexible document — a “living, breathing” document, as some Democrats like to call it. In asking these questions, Democrats will seek to get Gorsuch to admit he will keep objectionable laws — objectionable to the Democrats, that is — if they meet a minimum of constitutional muster.

Most senators told LifeZette they did not know Gorsuch was the pick until Trump made the announcement.

But even before Gorsuch was announced, conservative allies lined up.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal group, said it would spend $10 million on pro-Grosuch ads. The first round of ads will start in Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, and Montana — all states with at least one Democratic senator where Trump ran up his margins on Nov. 8.

Trump also recruited former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) to help shepherd Gorsuch through the upper chamber’s hearings.

There is no schedule yet as to when the U.S. Senate will begin hearings on the vacancy.


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Rick
5 years ago

Let the dimocrats use up some of the public’s patience now, they’ll have less when it’s time to replace the old biddy Ginburg with a conservative!

Charles Lopresto
5 years ago

The Democrats are often times not very bright. This latest obsession they have with blocking every single decision and every single appointment that Trump makes, is a waste of their political capital, as they refuse to pick their battles and instead are wasting “powder,” picking every battle.
Their denial of Judge Neil Gorsuch is an exercise in stupidity. He easily gained approval when he was appointed by President Bush to the Tenth Circuit of the Court of Appeals, so you can’t say he is an unknown quantity coming out of left field.
And being a swap of a Conservative for a Conservative, why fight now? Future considerations will be over outgoing Liberal judges.
The Left should also like his strict adherence to the law, where they could benefit as he is blindfolded from any identity affiliations that could go against them in the future.
The best and most significant statement to that fact was when Gorsuch said: “There should be a time when a judge is disappointed by his own ruling.”

Hen3ry H
5 years ago

It has been a pleasure warching the highly qualified, mature professionals that Trump has nominated go before Congress for their job interviews.
Kinda lets you know who the grownups are.

PaulE
5 years ago

Now all Mitch McConnell has to do is invoke the nuclear option and get this judge on the SC bench asap. Same holds true by the way for the remainder of Trump’s Cabinet picks. Enough is enough with allowing the Democrats to “slow walk” and needlessly hinder everything. Being polite and “reaching out” to the progressive Dems is a major mistake. Dems will NEVER relent. They will NEVER cooperate with Trump or the Republican on anything of substance. So it is well past time to end these unnecessary delaying tactics and start to get the major points of the Trump agenda moving.

By the way, Senators McCain, Graham and Rubio need to quit showboating and supporting the Dems at every turn. I get they all ran for President and got nowhere, but they have to think of the country rather than constantly only about themselves. Just a thought.

Lee McQuillen
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

You always make sense. I’ve begun to think of the noisy democrats as nothing more than thugs. Tammany Hall revisited but on a national scale – if they got their way! Country first!!!

Raymond B
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Paul. I’ve been seeing comments from you for a while. No matter what the article is about you seem to have a lot of knowledge on the subject. When Trump gets out, run for Prez . . . please

HAM
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

I had to laugh when the Committee voted to not have to have a Democrat present to be able to approve Trump’s Cabinet picks (not a permanent change) when none showed up for the meetings. Dem’s need to GROW UP and accept that they lost. As Obama said “Elections have consequences”!!!

I am especially disappointed in Rubio since he is my state Senator. He doesn’t have to like Trump but he does need to stop aligning himself with Graham & McCain and support Trump’s agenda so we can get this country moving in the right direction again.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Rubio is positioning himself for a 2020 or 2024 presidential run as another one if those compassionate conservatives (liberal Republican). He clearly doesn’t care about the country, but only his political future. That he sided with McCain and Graham on so-called comprehensive immigration reform should have tipped everyone off to what he really was.

Bill Carter
5 years ago

Our Constitution is what has sustained us as the longest democratic republic in history. From my perspective it appears the “progressives” are intent on destroying the foundation of our great country. God bless President Trump for nominating an eminently qualified jurist to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Please join me in praying for our President and our country.

Joan
5 years ago

I think President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court is excellent. Of course the Democrats will not agree. It is about time
the Democrats got over themselves and work with the new Administration. YOU LOST THE ELECTION! The Democrats are also the cause
of all the Protestors in our Country. All they do is stir up CHAOS!

johnboy
5 years ago

I was on fox news/buisness then had to check the non-statation

johnboy
5 years ago

Had to go to msnbc seconds after announcement//professional signs opposing him already…REALLY who so tolerant now??

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