Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, vows to serve Constitution
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 5:00
After a tense and very close confirmation win margin on April 7, Judge Neil Gorsuch will officially be sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy as the 113th Justice of the Supreme Court on April 10 in the White House's Rose Garden.
Gorsuch will fill the almost 14-month-old vacancy created after the death of Scalia, who anchored the court's conservative wing for almost three decades before he died unexpectedly in February 2016. Democrats said they consider the seat "stolen", because Republicans refused to act on President Barack Obama's nominee for the court, Judge Merrick Garland.
President Donald Trump has said Neil Gorsuch will be "truly great", as the Colorado judge took the oath to become a justice on the US Supreme Court.
Gorsuch was confirmed by a 54-45 vote after Senate Republicans broke a Democratic filibuster by changing - in a simple majority vote -- a longstanding rule and lowered the threshold for confirmation of Supreme Court nominees ... to a simple majority vote.
Watch Gorsuch's swearing-in ceremony from the White House in the player below. The crowd, which included every sitting Supreme Court justice, applauded politely.
Gorsuch was nominated by former US President George W Bush to take up his previous position at the Tenth Circuit.
Speaking ahead of Gorsuch at the ceremony, Trump said that "our country is counting on you to be wise, impartial and fair, to serve under our laws, not over them, and to safeguard the right of the people to govern their own affairs", hinting at his own friction with the judiciary. It was the second of two oaths - the first was conducted privately in the Justices' Conference Room by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Trump described Gorsuch as a man who, like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, will be a "devoted servant of the law". It will be administered by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch clerked as a young lawyer.
Next week, the court begins its last round of oral arguments for the term. Those cases may have to be reargued in the court's next term, which starts in October. Gorsuch, surely out of mere curiosity, asked Kagan what it's like to be the most junior justice on the bench, and Kagan explained that the newest justice has three special responsibilities: Meal picker, note taker, and door opener.
After Monday's festivities, Gorsuch is expected to dive headlong into the work of the court.
"This process has reminded me just how outrageously blessed I am in my law clerks, and my family, and my friends".
Also, McConnell exercised the "nuclear option", eliminating the filibuster during the Supreme Court confirmation process. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that a naturalized citizen can be stripped of citizenship in a criminal proceeding based on immaterial false statements.
And with the court's five-judge conservative bloc restored, it could rule in decidedly right-leaning fashion in upcoming cases pertaining to hotbed issues like religious freedom, voting restriction laws and, potentially, gun rights. He and his family attend an Episcopal church in Boulder, though he was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools as a child.