Thur, June 15, 2017: Trump visits Supreme Court for Gorsuch installation

President Donald Trump joined many of the nation’s top legal luminaries Thursday to mark one of his administration’s most notable achievements: the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The president and first lady Melania Trump made the trip to the high court for the brief and highly formal investiture of Gorsuch, who was officially sworn in on April 10 and has been sitting on the court since.

The first couple entered the ornate chamber moments before the ceremony began. They sat to the side of the courtroom, in an area typically occupied by former Supreme Court justices and their family members. The only retired justice on hand Thursday was John Paul Stevens, now 97.

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveling in Europe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein presented Gorsuch’s official commission to the court.

“The commission has been duly signed by the president of the United States and duly signed by the attorney general of the United States,” Rosenstein announced to the justices.

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Mon, Apr. 10, 2017: Trump speaks at WH swearing-in ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to the fill the Supreme Court slot left open after the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia, was sworn in this morning, becoming the 113th person to serve on the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch’s confirmation is a victory for President Trump, who has struggled to achieve his campaign promises of a travel ban from predominantly Muslim countries and health care reform.

At a public ceremony at the Rose Garden at White House today, Trump said of Gorsuch’s taking a seat on the Supreme Court, “I can say this is a great honor. And I got it done in the first 100 days. That’s even nice. You think that’s easy.” Continue reading “Mon, Apr. 10, 2017: Trump speaks at WH swearing-in ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch”

Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court justice

The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over stout Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial body.

The Senate, which last year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama’s nominee to the court, voted to approve Republican Trump’s pick, Colorado-based federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, to the lifetime job. Continue reading “Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court justice”

Thur, Feb. 9, 2017: Trump disputes criticism from SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch

President Donald Trump castigated a Democratic senator on Thursday for saying U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had voiced dismay in a private meeting over Trump’s attacks on the judiciary, while Republicans came forward to back up the lawmaker’s portrayal.

The Republican president has publicly vented his frustration with a court order last week that temporarily halted his travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, criticizing the judge who issued the order, the appeals process and the wider judiciary. That has morphed into a dispute over comments made by his pick for the Supreme Court.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Wednesday that Gorsuch had told him that Trump’s comments about the judiciary, which have included calling the judge who blocked his travel ban a “so-called judge,” were “disheartening and demoralizing.” Continue reading “Thur, Feb. 9, 2017: Trump disputes criticism from SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch”

Wed, Jan. 31, 2017: Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court justice

President Donald Trump selected 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday evening as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant for nearly a full year by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February.

Trump, who promised along the campaign trail to select a judge “in the mold of Scalia,” made the announcement from the East Room of the White House just after 8 p.m. in Washington.

“This has been the most transparent and most important Supreme Court selection process in the history of our country, and I wanted the American people to have a voice in this nomination,” Trump said. “Judge Gorsuch has a superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its text.”

Gorsuch, from Colorado, graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. Gorsuch was nominated to the 10th Circuit US Court of Appeals in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was confirmed by a voice vote.

 

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Tue, Jan. 31, 2017: Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee in prime time (8pm EST, Watch Live)

President Donald Trump was set to unveil his pick on Tuesday for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, likely choosing a conservative judge to try to shape the court for years to come on issues like abortion and gun and religious rights.

Democrats, still fuming over the Republican-led Senate’s refusal to act on former President Barack Obama’s court nominee last year, girded for a fight.

Trump has announced he will reveal his choice to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February, at the White House at 8 p.m.

“We’ll be announcing a Supreme Court justice who I think everybody’s going to be impressed with,” Trump told reporters at a cyber security event in the White House.

A source involved in the selection process said Trump had made his choice between two conservative U.S. appeals court judges – Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman. Both were appointed to the bench by former Republican President George W. Bush.