US President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court and to fill the vacancy on the high court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia who died at age 79 on Feb. 13, 2016.
Gorsuch, who is 49, has served for over a decade as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Denver-based Tenth Circuit.
Speaking at the announcement, President Trump said, “Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous disciple, and has earned bipartisan support.”
According to the White House, “Judge Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist with an outstanding intellect and a clear, incisive writing style. He is universally respected for his integrity, fairness, and decency. And he understands the role of judges is to interpret the law, not impose their own policy preferences, priorities, or ideologies.”
In a statement, the White House pointed out that “Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without opposition on July 20, 2006, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Indeed, 11 current Democrat Senators—including Minority Leader Schumer, Sen. Leahy, and Sen. Feinstein—and 20 current Republican Senators were in office when Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote, without opposition.”
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