After Swearing In Justice Gorsuch Gives A Speech From The Heart

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Justice Neil Gorsuch is thanking his former law clerks, family and friends as he is sworn into the Supreme Court during a White House ceremony.

Trump earned the biggest political victory of his presidency and fulfilled a major campaign promise when the Senate voted on Friday to confirm the conservative federal appeals court judge from Colorado to the lifetime job despite vehement Democratic opposition.

But as an acolyte of Scalia whose rulings have skewed conservative on most issues, Gorsuch picked up almost unanimous opposition from Democrats and their liberal allies, who were willing to give up filibuster rights now rather than waiting for a potential second Trump nomination. "I have no doubt you will go down as one of the truly great justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court". It was an unprecedented, shady maneuver that ensured staunch conservatives would have a right-wing voice on the court for the next four or so decades, made doubly bad by Republicans' denial to even consider President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, a moderate who should've sailed through the confirmation process.

Gorsuch, 49, is now the youngest Supreme Court justice, and Republicans hope that he will tip the majority back to conservatives, as was often the case with Scalia on the bench.

The Senate confirmed Gorsuch last week after Republicans changed chamber rules to block the minority party from being able to filibuster.

"He will decide cases not based on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law", Trump said of Gorsuch. That could mean one or more justices are writing dissents from the court's decision against hearing the case, or that the justices are waiting for Gorsuch's views on the matter.

"I think this is a way to kind of humble people", said Kagan, who's sat on the committee for six years.

After much contention, a new Supreme Court justice was sworn in on Monday. Gorsuch will rule on several high-profile cases, as the court meets in private as early as Thursday to consider cases for the upcoming term.

"It's a privilege to have you here to join in this historic moment on this very attractive spring day", Trump said, introducing his pick to the high court.

President Donald Trump called the event, "a momentous occasion", explained the Blaze. The oath of office was administered by the court's Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch once clerked.

"And I got it done in the first 100 days, that's even nice", he told reporters, White House aides, and guests gathered in the Rose Garden.

At the Rose Garden ceremony, the president said he was proud and pleased to have chosen an outstanding jurist to replace to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Kennedy and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg are both in their 80s and Justice Stephen Breyer is 78, raising concern among Democrats that Trump may have another opportunity to move the court in a more definitive conservative direction.

Three and a half years later, Democrats have threatened to filibuster the nomination of Gorsuch, President Trump's pick for the nation's highest court.

Later, Gorsuch will appear at a public White House ceremony, where Justice Anthony Kennedy is to administer a second oath in which Gorsuch will pledge to administer justice impartially and "do equal right to the poor and to the rich". "And I can say, this is a great honor".



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