WATCH Now Associate Justice Gorsuch Get Sworn In
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 8:23
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan took their oaths at the Supreme Court and did not go the White House for a public ceremony.
Gorsuch becomes the 113th justice in Supreme Court history, filling the ninth seat on the bench that had been vacant since the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost 14 months ago.
Donald Trump revelled in the biggest political victory of his presidency at a White House ceremony on Monday in which his Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch was sworn in, poised to make an instant impact on a court once again dominated by conservatives.
In most ways, Gorsuch's résumé screams Supreme Court justice: Degrees from Columbia University, Harvard Law School and the University of Oxford. He said his now-confirmed nominee to the court will render his judgments "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law".
Gorsuch joins the court that is often the final arbiter for presidential policy.
This particular oath, Kennedy said in brief remarks, also dates to 1789 and "reminds us that we as a people are bound together".
Gorsuch's confirmation gave a boost to an administration that has been strained by controversy and missteps. Trump failed to get enough Republicans on board to support his plan to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature health care bill.
The latest target of "manterruption" accusations is the U.S. Supreme Court. "And I got it done in the first 100 days!" he added. In the ceremony, President Trump said Americans would see Gorsuch as "a man who is deeply faithful to the constitution of the United States".
"I am humbled by the trust placed in me today", he said after taking the oath.
Scalia had anchored the court's conservative wing for almost three decades before he died unexpectedly in February 2016.
And Trump, addressing the nomination fight from the Rose Garden, couldn't contain his excitement. When Gorsuch couldn't attract 60 votes to end debate, Henderson said that the "failure by the Senate Republicans to secure 60 votes to move forward on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court speaks to the flaws of Judge Gorsuch, not the rules of the Senate".
Mr Gorsuch, a former Denver appeals judge, was confirmed 54-45 on Friday after Senate Republicans took the historic step of changing the chamber's rules in order to ram through their pick.
Attorney Douglas Ross also told Bloomberg that Gorsuch's appointment to the court will be "a very good thing for the development of antitrust law", due to his history as an antitrust lawyer.
That's not to say Trump didn't play his own significant part in filling the empty court seat.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said Democrats will reinstitute the ability to filibuster Supreme Court nominations the next time they are in charge.
Gorsuch mirrored Scalia's originalist approach to the law during his 11 years on the federal appeals court in Denver, interpreting the Constitution according to the meaning understood by those who drafted it. Like Scalia, he is a gifted writer with a flair for turning legal jargon into plain language people can understand. Four justices must vote to consider a case for it to be granted certiorari, or "cert", as court-watchers have come to label the high court's grant of a hearing.