Neil Gorsuch Sworn Is Now A Supreme Court Justice

Holding the bible is Gorsuch's wife Marie Louise Gorsuch.

With the swearing-in of Gorsuch, the court returns to a narrow conservative majority and President Donald Trump scores a much-needed political victor. "I have no doubt you will go down as one of the truly great justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court". Also, recent research has found that Gorsuch is guilty of plagiarism in a number of his writings.

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. Justice Samuel Alito says that when he took over as the court's rookie from Justice Stephen Breyer in 2006, after Breyer had been the court's junior member for more than a decade, Breyer still leapt up the first time someone interrupted the justices' private conference with a knock.

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Republicans defended the rule change by arguing Democrats were waging the first "partisan filibuster" of a Supreme Court nominee and were signaling they wouldn't back any Republican nominee.

Gorsuch is a replacement to Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court justice who died February of 2016. The oath was administered during the White House ceremony by Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Gorsuch once served as a law clerk. President Trump, who nominated Gorsuch on January 31, introduced Gorsuch to a supportive crowd in the Rose Garden.

"I will never forget that the seat I inherit today is of a great, great man", Gorsuch said after the ceremony. "I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation", he said. In several key cases, where the justices had been deadlocked 4-4, the court may order a rehearing to allow Gorsuch to participate as the tie-breaking vote.

"Together we are in a process of reviewing and renewing and also rebuilding our country", Trump said.

He was confirmed for the court April 7 in a 54-45 vote.

"This is a very, very special moment", Trump told Gorsuch as he was about take the oath.

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"It's a privilege to have you here to join in this historic moment on this very handsome spring day", Trump said, introducing his pick to the high court.

Scalia had anchored the court's conservative wing for almost three decades before he died unexpectedly in February 2016.

In most ways, Gorsuch's résumé screams Supreme Court justice: Degrees from Columbia University, Harvard Law School and the University of Oxford. Those who oppose Gorsuch have enough votes to prevent approving this example of right wing extremism. The Republican-controlled Senate did away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees to confirm Gorsuch.

"All that he did" remains a sore spot for Democrats, whose nominee Senate Republicans stonewalled for an unprecedented 10 months while McConnell ran out the clock on Obama's presidency.

"You remember that, right?" the president quipped, turning to the two men and referring to their prior association.

"Throughout his almost 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has been praised by all for his dedicated and dignified service", Trump said. Like Scalia, he is a gifted writer with a flair for turning legal jargon into plain language people can understand.

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