Gorsuch Officially Invested as Member of Supreme Court

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 16, 2017   

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Justice Neil Gorsuch has been officially invested as the 101st member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The June 15 ceremony at the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. is Gorsuch's formal investiture as an associate justice.

President Donald Trump was present with First Lady Melania Trump, as well as a bevy of Republican Senators, George W. Bush attorney general appointee John Ashcroft and Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who spearheaded the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

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Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General taking the place of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, presented Gorsuch's commission to the court and afterward, Chief Justice John Roberts re-administered the oath of office he originally took at the White House on April 10.

While running for election, Trump promised he would nominate a justice to the Supreme Court who would uphold the Second Amendment and overturn Roe v. Wade.

Gorsuch survived one of the most contentious Supreme Court Senate hearings in U.S. history. Republican reactions were largely favorable when Trump nominated him in January. Democrats, however, opposed the appointment — so much that Republicans felt the controversial "nuclear option" was necessary.

Senate Democrats refused to even consider the appointment of Gorsuch to the High Court since Republicans blocked President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the deceased Antonin Scalia in 2016.

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Republicans opted to see who would win the presidential election before considering Garland. Senate Democrats, however, did not like Garland's Republican snub and vowed to do the same for anybody President Trump nominated.

In the face of a Democrat filibuster, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed the U.S. Senate's rules, allowing a simple majority to decide the vote and trigger the "nuclear option."

Critics argue, however, that using the nuclear option will simply become normal for the U.S. Senate. Bob Corker, a Senate Republican from Tennessee, commented, "If we continue on the path we're on right now, the very next time there's a legislative proposal that one side of the aisle feels is so important they cannot let their base down, the pressure builds, then we're going to vote the nuclear option on the legislative piece."

Democrat Senator, Joe Manchin, added: "The most unique political body in the world, the United States Senate, will be no more than a six-year term in the House."    

The last justice to be sworn in was Justice Elena Kagan in 2010. Conservatives are hoping another conservative judge will fill the next vacancy, which could happen at any time.

 

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Rodney Pelletier

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