Many conservatives voted for Donald Trump based on his promise to nominate a conservative justice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Justice Antonin Scalia. Now, a top contender for that position has been announced.
ABC News reports that Judge Neil Gorsuch is expected to be nominated as early as next week.
Gorsuch is a textualist and a Constitutional originalist which is sure to please conservatives. He has an impressive background in law. He currently serves on the 10th Court of Appeals to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006.
Gorsuch has also been a law clerk for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He was educated at Harvard Law and has a Ph.D. from Oxford. He is also a gifted writer.
At 49, Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years. Gorsuch was on the list Trump released during his campaign of potential Supreme Court picks.
How to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia has been a hotly contested issue since the 2016 presidential election. Many Democrats argued that President Obama should be able to nominate the new Justice, but many Republicans countered that the new president should be given that responsibility. Ultimately, the Senate refused to hold a hearing on Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, paving the way for President Trump to make the appointment of a new Justice.
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Publication date: January 24, 2017