Trump's Supreme Court Justice sworn

Justin Greene
April 18, 2017

Gorsuch was sworn in on Monday during two ceremonies at the Court and White House Rose Garden. Gorsuch will be the first former Supreme Court law clerk to serve alongside his onetime mentor.

"I can not tell you how honored I am to have here today my mentor, Justice Kennedy, administer the judicial oath, a lovely oath, as he did for me 11 years ago when I became a Circuit judge", Gorsuch said, adding that he was "humbled" by the role.

"I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation", Gorsuch said at the swearing-in ceremony. He joins five Catholics and three Jews on the court. But Judge Garland was never even given a hearing, as Senate Republicans refused to allow one.

Kagan has said other justices also liked to rib her about the food at the court since it's the junior justice's job to help oversee the cafeteria, which is frequented by court employees and visitors.

For now, Gorsuch restores the court's conservative shift.

Gorsuch will have a vote if the Supreme Court considers President Trump's executive order banning travel visas and refugees from six majority-Muslim countries, which has been struck down by several federal district judges and by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Thursday, the Senate voted on party lines to change those rules so that votes to confirm high court nominees could proceed without what previously was the 60 votes necessary to end debate on the nominations.

"Well he was made by the Democrats unfortunately to be a lot more controversial than he should have been and we simply told the Democrats that Justice Gorsuch would be confirmed". Gorsuch is widely considered similar to Scalia, both being what are termed "constitutional originalists". It is expected that Gorsuch's legal opinions will be similar to those of Scalia.

Gorsuch will be seated just in time to weigh in on a dispute over a Missouri law that bars church schools from getting public funds for general aid programs.

Curt Levey, president at the Committee for Justice, said he would like to see the court consider the Second Amendment issue now that Justice Gorsuch fills out the court at nine justices.

The new justice was confirmed Friday by the US Senate, on a 54-45 vote, after the Republican majority changed Senate rules to bar a filibuster of the nomination.

Information for this article was contributed by Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times; by Vivian Salama, Sam Hananel, Mark Sherman and Ken Thomas of the Associated Press; and by Robert Barnes and Ashley Parker of The Washington Post. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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