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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