Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt

Erica Roy
April 18, 2017

At the sunny swearing-in ceremony in the Rose Garden, Donald Trump cheerfully reflected on the political machinations deployed to get Gorsuch on the bench: He thanked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in absentia "for all that he did to make this achievement possible"-meaning, presumably, his astonishing blockade against Barack Obama's choice for seat, Merrick Garland, and his decision to abolish the filibuster to get Gorsuch through the Senate".

Their opposition was also rooted in the Republican block of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, who was nominated previous year to replace Scalia. Senate Republicans used the "nuclear option" in response to the Democrats' filibuster, allowing a simple majority of 51 votes to seat Gorsuch and future Supreme Court nominees. The Republican majority in Congress made it hard for former US President Barack Obama to appoint a replacement for Scalia in hopes that a Republican president would be elected to appoint a conservative judge - as indeed happened.

Since Scalia's death, the court has been evenly divided between the liberal and conservative wings, though Kennedy, a conservative, is looked to as a sometime swing voter.

The Senate on Friday confirmed (54-45) Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation", he concluded, the Blaze reported.

Mr Trump said Neil Gorsuch would be "truly great", as the Colorado judge took the oath.

His credentials include degrees from Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford and clerkships with two Supreme Court justices, the late Byron White and Kennedy, who will be administering the oath to his protege in the White House Rose Garden.

In some ways, Gorsuch is the prototypical justice.

El-Masri was eventually released after the Central Intelligence Agency admitted it had made a mistake. In nominating Gorsuch, Trump said he fulfilled a campaign pledge to pick someone in the mold of Scalia. Justice Clarence Thomas, who joined the court in 1991, said White told him: "Well, Clarence, in your first five years you wonder how you got here".

Gorsuch will have an impact on a number of issues raised in the current court session.

He'll also begin hearing arguments and casting votes in those cases, as the court is still in session until June.

Trump's first months in the White House have otherwise been plagued by legislative missteps on healthcare and legal challenges to his immigration travel ban. The result of these stratagems is a more politicized court and a new justice viewed by one party as illegitimate.

He was raised Catholic and attended Catholic elementary schools and a Jesuit-run Catholic high school in Maryland, Georgetown Preparatory School.

In her remarks accepting the award, Ginsburg said collegiality "really matters" at the court and urged members of Congress to "lead in restoring harmonious work ways".

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