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The U.S. President Trump nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court on Tuesday to fill the opening created last year by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Washington Post published. Trump announced the nomination at a televised prime-time event at the White House.
“Standing here in a house of history, and acutely aware of my own imperfections, I pledge that if I am confirmed I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great country,” said Gorsuch, with his wife Louise at his side.
Gorsuch said he would be impartial and independent, and respectful of his place in government. “It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives,” he said. “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge.”
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Democrats and liberals are discontent that the Republican Senate did not allow a vote on former President Barack Obama’s choice for the Scalia seat, Judge Merrick Garland, and vowed to contest Gorsuch. An early sign of discontent, the Times said, “Trump invited senior Democratic senators to the White House for a reception to meet his Supreme Court pick, but they declined, according to senior aides.”