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Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch Sworn in


MATTHEW BUNSON

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Media/Opinion
Date:
4/10/2017

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ABSTRACTAssociate Justice Neil Gorsuch Sworn in | ncregister.com Sections   Nation Vatican World Commentary Blogs Features Movies Books Travel Radio Resources Home   Search Advertise   Register Print Ads EWTN News Digital Ads Order Ads Online Post a Job ad Subscriptions   Subscribe Give a Gift Subscription Discounted Bulk Subscriptions Renew Your Subscription Renew Your Gift Subscription Payments Account Status Missed Issue Daily or Weekly e-Newsletter Donate   Jobs   Store A Service of EWTN 0 Shares Email Share Tweet Comment Print U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy (r) administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch, as his wife, Marie Louise Gorsuch, holds a Bible and President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10 in Washington. Earlier in the day, Gorsuch, 49, was sworn in as the 113th associate justice in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Nation  |  Apr. 10, 2017 Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch Sworn in ANALYSIS: The event concludes an acrimonious series of testimony and debate in a bitterly divided Congress. Matthew Bunson WASHINGTON — Judge Neil Gorsuch was officially sworn in by President Donald Trump as the 101st justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in two ceremonies Monday. Gorsuch was confirmed by a vote of the full Senate early Friday, bringing an end to a bitter partisan struggle over his nomination, starting a new era for the Senate and the high court, and marking the biggest political win for the Trump administration in its first 100 days. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the first oath of office to Gorsuch in a private ceremony at 9am at the Supreme Court. At 11am, Justice Anthony Kennedy — for whom Gorsuch once clerked — administered the second oath of office in a public ceremony at the White House. The final Senate vote of 54-45 (with Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson not voting, as he just had back surgery) to find a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died a year ago, belied the ugly confirmation process that included angry and politically charged accusations against the nominee, the use of the filibuster by the Democrat minority and the adoption of the constitutional option by the majority Republicans. President Trump greeted the confirmation of his first Supreme Court with some satisfaction. He issued a statement immediately after the vote, saying: “It is a great honor to announce the historic confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch as associate justice to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation process was one of the most transparent and accessible in history, and his judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence makes him the perfect choice to serve on the nation’s highest court. As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction as he continues to faithfully and vigorously defend our Constitution.” From the first announcement, on Jan. 31, 2017, that President Trump had chosen the 49-year-old Gorsuch — the youngest nominee to the high court since 43-year-old Clarence Thomas in 1991 — the political battle lines had been drawn.   Going ‘Nuclear’ The Democrats in the Senate were opposed to the very idea of the new nominee, as they were still enraged over the decision of Senate Republicans not to consider President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit back in March 2016. The reasoning at the time by the Republican leadership was that the ultimate decision of a nominee should be left to the American people in an election year, but that was angrily denounced by Senate Democrats. In the end, to the horror of the liberal and media establishment, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency, and he sent the Gorsuch nomination to the Senate on Feb. 1. In a different era, the Gorsuch nomination would have been readily approved by the Senate. The judge is eminently qualified, an experienced and intellectually brilliant jurist who received the American Bar Association’s top rating — “well-qualified” — but at the start of the Senate confirmation hearing March 20 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Democratic senators made it very clear that they were opposed to the nominee and launched more than 20 hours of questioning over two brutal days. The nominee proved more than equal to the task of responding to the inquisition, and by the end of the hearing before the committee, the frustration on the part of the Democrats and their supporters was palpable. On April 3, the Judiciary Committee approved the nomination by a partisan 11-9 vote, but by then, Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, had already .......