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Trump Announces White House Pick for Supreme Court Justice

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 7:02 PM

(AFP) US President Donald Trump introduced conservative federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for nearly a year, since the death of conservative Antonin Scalia.

The announcement played out in prime time, complete with teasers delivered in the runup to the 8:00 pm announcement by Trump himself on Twitter.

Gorsuch, 49, is considered to be an “originalist” — guided in his legal reasoning by what he believes to be the constitution’s original intent and meaning. He is the youngest nominee in a generation.

The nine-seat court has been at eight since Scalia died in February 2016, as Republicans refused to set up a confirmation hearing for Barack Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland.

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