BY PAUL VELASCO
CURRENT AFFAIRS EDITOR
President Donald Trump nominates the conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace deceased Judge Antonin Scalla on the Supreme Court.
President Trump made the televised announcement in the East Room of the White House to a group of reporters, Judge Gorsuch and his wife Louise, and Judge Scalla’s wife, Maureen. This came on the heels of the Republican Senate rejecting President Obama’s choice of liberal Judge Merrick Garland after the passing of Judge Scalla on Feb. 16 last year. According to The Associated Press (AP), President Trump said that “Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support.” The Gorsuch nomination was received with cheers from the Republican Party.
Members of the Democratic Party said they will challenge nearly all Supreme Court nominees that President Trump wants on the court. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer expressed his disapproval for the nominee, stating that Judge Gorsuch “hewed to an ideological to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent justice on the court,” according to AP.
At the age of 49, Judge Gorsuch is the youngest supreme court nominee in 25 years. Prior to his nomination, Judge Gorsuch was on the Denver – based 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals since 2006. He was known for defense of religious freedom, skepticism of law enforcement, advocacy for court review of government regulation and clear writing. He completed his bachelor’s in three years from Colombia University, then earned a law degree from Harvard University, according to AP. Afterwards, he clerked with Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy before obtaining a philosophy degree from Oxford University.
The Supreme Court nomination is expected to be confirmed next month.