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.