Donald Trump predicts greatness for new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

18 April, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Michele Stevens
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In keeping with longstanding precedent, Gorsuch was required to lie under oath twice, in separate ceremonies held at the Supreme Court and at the White House Rose Garden.

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court Monday morning, which gave President Trump something he has lacked for much of his still-young presidency: a chance to gloat.

"Spring is really the ideal backdrop for this joyful gathering of friends, because together we are in the process of reviewing and renewing, and also rebuilding our country", Trump said. The president is predicting Gorsuch will go down as "one of the truly great justices" in the court's history.

The National Rifle Association spent a reported $1 million on pro-Gorsuch ads during the campaign that led to his confirmation by the Senate on a 54-45 vote last Friday. Scalia's most notorious action was the court ruling in Bush v. Gore, which suppressed the recounting of ballots in Florida after the 2000 presidential election and awarded the White House to Bush. And as much as Trump and many Republicans seem to see Gorsuch's confirmation to the Court as a victory, the event is embroiled in controversy.

His nomination to a life term marked President Donald Trump's first opportunity to shape for a generation a court that is the ultimate arbiter of numerous most contentious issues in American life. "That's even nice. You think that is easy?" He was hired as a Supreme Court clerk by fellow Coloradan Justice Byron White.

Conservatives have hailed Gorsuch for his often strict interpretation of the Constitution, which largely falls in line with the man he will be replacing. The president added that Americans are "blessed" to have Gorsuch, who, like his predecessor, is "a man who will likewise be a devoted servant of the law". Senate Democrats had adopted a similar majority rules maneuver in 2013 for lower-level judicial and executive branch candidates.

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Luke, a democrat says both parties are to blame, but he says his party picked the wrong fight with Gorsuch. Gorsuch took the oath with his left hand upon a family Bible held by his wife Louise.

"He's never had the opportunity to rule on something like cert in the past, so I don't really know what his philosophy will be on that", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the conservative Judicial Crisis Network.

Markey castigated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Senate Republicans for invoking the so-called "nuclear option" by lowering the cloture threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority of 51.

"Throughout his almost 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has been praised by all for his dedicated and dignified service", Trump said.

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