Why Trump's Real Supreme Court Fight Is the Next One

01 February, 2017, 10:57 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Trump says he's 'pretty much' made his decision on Supreme Court nominee

Despite the GOP's extraordinary decision to prevent Obama from appointing any replacement for Scalia - a delay which ultimately resulted in the longest wait period for any Supreme Court nominee in USA political history - Republicans are likely to move forcefully in support of Gorsuch's confirmation.

President Donald Trump has nominated circuit court judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. supreme court, setting up a showdown with congressional Democrats and activists over a pick that could shape the ideological bent of the court for a generation.

His much-anticipated decision comes almost a year after Justice Antonin Scalia's unexpected death left vacant a seat on the high court.

"Both are widely considered to be among the finest lawyers of their generation", Gorsuch wrote, "Garland was left waiting for 18 months before being confirmed". The Republican-led Senate refused to act on President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, because they argued the new president should be able to fill the empty seat.

"Today I am keeping another promise to the American people by nominating judge Neil Gorsuch...to the United States Supreme Court".

"It made me feel like this announcement of this caliber of person, it was very worthwhile", Grassley said shortly after leaving the White House.

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Gorsuch attended Columbia, Harvard Law School and Oxford, and he was a partner with the Washington law firm Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Fige.

Gorsuch now sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and was unanimously confirmed to the position by the Senate in 2006 after being nominated by George W. Bush. He has clerked for two Supreme Court justices. "No Senator who believes that individual rights are reserved to the people, and not the government, can support this nomination".

But even if Democrats mount opposition, the Republicans have 52 votes in the Senate and can use the "nuclear option" of changing Senate rules to overcome a filibuster if Republicans can't muster 60 votes to block it. Amy Klobuchar, said he had serious concerns about Gorsuch's judicial philosophy on issues like "access to justice, corporate accountability, workers' rights and women's health". The 49-year-old also has owned what he lists as a "mountain property" he estimated is worth up to $500,000 that is held as a limited liability corporation called Walden Group LLC. "A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge". He was voted down - an outcome that has become a Washington verb, to get "borked" - and helped accelerate Congress' ultrapartisan flame wars against presidential nominees, as the nominees themselves have become more circumspect.

If McConnell fails to secure Democratic support to move the nomination, he'll come under intense pressure to blow up Senate rules and remove the filibuster, a move that would lower the threshold for approving Supreme Court nominees. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). "I just think we need to do everything we can to confirm a new Supreme Court judge, whoever he decides".

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, also running in 2018, said he will examine Gorsuch's record and make "a determination of whether to provide my consent".

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