GORSUCH CONFIRMED: Trump's Supreme Court pick headed to the bench

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who led the anti-Gorsuch opposition, said the court was "increasingly drifting towards becoming a more pro-corporate court that favors employers, corporations and special interests over working America". The GOP had refused to vet or vote for Judge Merrick Garland, whom President Barack Obama nominated to replace Scalia the following month, according to ABC News. It takes four votes to do so, though the court does not generally announce each justice's decision.

The "justice" editor at liberal media outlet ThinkProgress was trolled by Republicans on Twitter Friday after he claimed that Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is not a "legitimate" Supreme Court justice.

This then allowed for the Senate to vote again on whether to end the debate and move Gorsuch's final confirmation hearing to April 7, which it did with a vote of 55 to 45, reports The New York Times.

Trump called Gorsuch the "perfect choice" for the court.

All other Democrats were expected to vote against Gorsuch. "In doing so, they have deeply damaged the integrity of the Senate and the Supreme Court itself". Many Republicans bemoaned reaching that point, too, but they blamed Democrats for pushing them to it.

Gorsuch will be the 113th judge to sit on the nation's highest court.

Some worry that the future of the top court in the country will become more polarised as a result, because more ideological nominees would make it through the confirmation process rather than those more committed to an independent judiciary.

"He has sterling credentials, an excellent record, and an ideal judicial temperament", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The yearlong vacancy made the direction of Supreme Court one of the major issues of the 2016 election.

The Supreme Court saga hits its pinnacle so far when yesterday Sen.

Even as they united in indignation, lawmakers of both parties, pulled by fierce political forces from left and right, were unwilling to stop the confirmation rules change. And yet in many ways the showdown had been pre-ordained, the final chapter in years of partisan warfare over judicial nominees.

Both senators supported the filibuster and were angered by the rules change, dubbed the "nuclear option" because of the harm it would do to relations in the Senate.

On Thursday, Mr McConnell triggered a legislative manoeuvre known as the "nuclear option" when Republicans lacked the 60 votes required to appoint a Supreme Court judge.

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