President Donald Trump has just named his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States of America. The nomination will fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia after he passed away at a remote hunting resort last year.
The vacancy has remained open for nearly a year as Senate Republicans refused to consider nominees from President Barack Obama.
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Trump, during a prime time, live address to the nation, Trump announced that he was nominating Appellate Court Judge Neil Gorsuch.
According to Gorsuch’s Wikipedia page:
Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1991–1992, and then for United States Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy from 1993–1994.
On May 10, 2006, Gorsuch was nominated by President George W. Bush to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge David M. Ebel when he took senior status. Like Gorsuch, Ebel was also a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Just over two months later, on July 20, 2006, Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote in the U.S. Senate. Gorsuch was President Bush’s fifth appointment to the Tenth Circuit.
Since he took office, Judge Gorsuch has sent some of his law clerks on to become Supreme Court clerks, and he is sometimes regarded as a “feeder judge”.
When Judge Gorsuch was nominated to the Court of Appeals he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. However, he will likely face a contemptuous nomination process after being nominated by President Trump.
Judge Gorsuch will likely face numerous questions about his stance on abortion rights and the previous Roe v Wade Supreme Court case. Gorsuch has previously sided with private businesses in arguments in regards to birth control and religious freedom.
During a speech after President Trump made the announcement, Judge Gorsuch called Antonin Scalia a lion of the court and paid homage to previous justices that have occupied the courts.