Trump taps Gorsuch for Supreme Court
In one of his first major actions as president, Donald Trump appointed federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February of last year.
There is no question as to Gorsuch’s qualifications. A graduate of Oxford, Harvard and Columbia with both a law degree and a doctorate degree in legal philosophy, Gorsuch clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy prior to serving as a judge himself. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. by President George W. Bush in 2006, where he has served since. Gorsuch is 49 years old, which means that—assuming he is confirmed—he will hold a seat on the Court for quite a while.
Although Gorsuch’s nomination has the support of Republicans and even some Democrats, there has certainly been backlash. Many Democrats feel that Merrick Garland, who was appointed by Barack Obama last year, should be the next justice on the Supreme Court. Garland was denied a confirmation hearing by the Republican-controlled Senate, who kept the vacancy open until a new president was elected.
Gorsuch faces controversy even before his confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for _________. With President Trump’s immigration ban in the news recently, there have been questions over whether or not Gorsuch would side with the President who appointed him, or with the law and Constitution. Gorsuch is similar to Scalia in his judging philosophy, and, if confirmed, could be a dominant conservative voice on the Supreme Court for decades.