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President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Trump announced Tuesday night at the White House.

The nomination of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado, gives Trump and Republicans the opportunity to confirm someone who could cement the conservative direction of the court for decades.

His selection also sets up an intense fight with Senate Democrats, still angry over the Republicans’ decision to essentially ignore former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the empty Supreme Court seat last year.

Introducing Gorsuch, Trump said he had committed as a candidate to “find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court.”

“Millions of voters said this was he single most important issue for them when they voted for me for president,” Trump said. “I am a man of my word.”

“Today I am keeping another promise to the American people by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.”

Trump made the announcement after an unusual day in which both top candidates for the nomination — Gorsuch and Judge Thomas Hardiman — were brought to Washington as the suspense built.

The court has been operating with eight justices since the sudden death last February of Justice Antonin Scalia. If confirmed, Gorsuch would continue the ideological balance that existed before Scalia’s death, with four conservatives, four liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy as a swing vote between the blocs.

Trump selected Gorsuch — who sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals — from a list of 20 potential justices compiled during the presidential campaign in a direct appeal to conservative and evangelical voters skeptical about his commitment to their values.

Gorsuch’s opinions on religious liberty, where he sided with the challengers to the so-called Obamacare contraceptive mandate, and on the separation of powers, where he said too much deference was given by the courts to administrative agencies, are key to his appeal to Republicans. As is his age. At 49, he could carry on Trump’s legacy long after the President leaves office.

Gorsuch’s legal philosophy

Unlike others on Trump’s list, Gorsuch has an Ivy League pedigree, having attended Columbia and Harvard, and also studied at Oxford, where he earned a doctorate in legal philosophy.

Gorsuch is a fourth generation Coloradan and a former clerk to both Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

“It is an extraordinary resume. As good as it gets,” Trump said.

“The qualifications of Judge Gorsuch are beyond dispute,” Trump said. “I only hope that Democrats and Republicans can come together for one, for the good of the country.”

On the bench he joined an opinion siding with closely held corporations who believed that the so called contraceptive mandate of Obamacare violated their religious beliefs. The ruling was later upheld by the Supreme Court. Gorsuch wrote separately holding that the mandate infringed upon the owners’ religious beliefs “requiring them to lend what their religion teaches to be an impermissible degree of assistance to the commission of what their religion teaches to be a moral wrong.”

He also wrote a majority opinion in a separation of powers case holding that too much deference was given to administrative agencies. This issue is a favorite of conservatives and Gorsuch’s beliefs align with those of Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas.

Gorsuch, in a speech last year at Case Western Reserve University School of law, aligned himself with Scalia’s judicial philosophy.

“The great project of Justice Scalia’s career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators. To remind us that legislators may appeal to their own moral convictions and to claims about social utility to reshape the law as they think it should be in the future, ” he said. “But that judges should do none of these things in a democratic society.”

At the White House Gorsuch he would faithfully commit to upholding the laws of the nation, saying he would act as a “servant of the Constitution and laws of this country.”

Like Trump, he cited Scalia as a model.

“Justice Scalia was a lion of the law,” he said.

Democratic opposition

When Obama nominated Garland to take Scalia’s seat last year, liberals hoped that they would get a liberal majority that would swing the court left on key issues such as abortion, campaign finance and voting rights.

But Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings, citing the impending election which was still eight months away.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Trump “outsourced this process to far-right interest groups.”

“President Trump said he would appoint justices who would overturn 40 years of jurisprudence established in Roe v. Wade,” Leahy said. “Judge Gorsuch has shown a willingness to limit women’s access to health care that suggests the President is making good on that promise.”

Democrats have said they would fight the new nominee “tooth and nail” putting not only his or her credentials to the test, but holding Republicans responsible for what liberals say is a “stolen seat.”

After Trump’s unexpected win, conservatives rejoiced, expecting the new president to nominate someone to the bench in the mold of Scalia. They also hope that with three justices on the Supreme Court in their late 70s and early 80s, Trump might have at least one more vacancy to fill.

If, for example, Justice Anthony Kennedy were to step down, the conservatives might be able to chip away at Roe v. Wade, the landmark opinion that legalized abortion.

Mother was EPA administrator

Gorsuch’s confirmation would mean a return to Washington.

He spent part of his youth in Washington when his mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, served in the Reagan administration as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

She resigned in 1983 under controversy after refusing to turn over toxic waste records to Congress.

He served as a partner at a prestigious Washington Law firm, Kellogg, Huber as well as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General.

Gorsuch and his wife Louise have two daughters. They live in Boulder, Colorado.

25 comments

  • hollymolley

    This candidate has two big flaws: He has a record of upholding the Constitution, and being truthful. Both are abhorrent to the democratic party. What a shameful Country we live in…..

    • tomtom

      anything ted cruz agrees with is sooooo far from brilliant….now I know his best friend and chief adviser(the Nat’l Enquirer guy) really approves…it’s not a lie if you believe it…

  • Jon Steele

    Right… This guy is a conservative… He lives in Boulder Colorado, Left Wing Capital of the country. What makes him a conservative, he doesn’t eat free range chicken?

  • walt

    By tonight’s six o’clock the top story will be protestors and more blah blah blah negative spin. Its not really the “news” station anymore.

  • Carl

    don’t you love how WILK’s local self proclaimed journalist Steve Corbett doesn’t talk about local issues anymore? it is becoming psychotic

    • WarningFakeNews

      Him, and now the morning crew, unlistenable. That’s probably not the outcome they were hoping for, but I click it off when they come on. That goes for his commercials, too. In fact, due to the internet, listening live to Rush, for instance, can take place at nicer stations. We are no longer locked into one choice.

    • hollymolley

      About 4 or 5 weeks ago there was a post about a guy with the same name. Arrest records were found at State Collage showing connections to the Child sex scandal. Has this guy posted anymore ?

  • Kanye 2020

    Hey Trump, Imma let you finish being all presidential and shiznit, but Hillary deserved the trophy.

    I’m running 2020

  • goose

    Let’s face it. The left is organized extremely well. They control academia, they control the media, they control the vast majority of popular opinions in practice. They even control most of the Republican party. This is the reason that our country grew from a home for all as a Constitutional Republic into a hyper inclusive, hyper sensitive mass democracy. Not willing to bend or break for anything but ONE opinion. That opinion that knows itself to be flawed, because it does not allow for there to be growth in culture or intelligence. It only demands that we conform to it’s ultimate stupidity and dated process’. Stay strong. They will bury themselves. Your opinion is your own. Know your strengths.

    • Lloyd the llama lover

      Actually, no, I’m not ever going to question what he does. Kind of like you the last 8 years. What a joke!

      When Trump was running, I kept saying that I didn’t care one bit what he did when he got in office. I just cared what he wasn’t.

    • tomtom

      how about building a wall and making new mexico pay???meeting with a lady from New England at the white house???will someone PLEASE tell him New Mexico is in the US and New England is comprised of Mass, Vermont, New Hamp,etc…

  • Robert

    Although I’m still annoyed they blocked Garland, but for Trump, this really isn’t bad.

    Now if we can get DeVos out of there…

      • Trainwreck

        You are angry because the media is broken because they put profit first and you think putting profit first in education is going to fix it?
        The first thing private schools will do when States start handing out vouchers is raise their
        prices by whatever amount that voucher is for. Big business will take over schools the way they took over the media. 6 companies own every major news outlet in this country.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Let the feeding frenzy begin with the democrats, the media, well- they’re tied at the hip…and very interchangeable..

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