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Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Gorsuch, who recently traveled to Washington, D.C., was put on Trump's short list for the appointment after he met with the then-president-elect after the 2016 election.
Speaking on background, an administration source instrumental to the SCOTUS selection process tells IJR, “Yes. It is Gorsuch. 100 percent. The Hardiman thing is a head fake.” Thomas Hardiman is the other judge Trump was considering for the vacancy, who is also in Washington, D.C.
A second source within the Trump administration confirmed IJR's reporting.
The source claims that Judge Gorsuch will join the president Tuesday night at the White House at 8 p.m. for the announcement.
At the age of 49, Neil Gorsuch will become one of the youngest SCOTUS appointments in history. Gorsuch reportedly cried when he found out about Justice Scalia's death. The Colorado native attended Harvard Law School with former President Barack Obama and is a firm Constitutionalist.
According to Politico:
Gorsuch has the typical pedigree of a high court justice. He graduated from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, clerked for two Supreme Court justices and did a stint at the Department of Justice.
Gorsuch served in the Justice Department under former President George W. Bush before he was appointed to serve on Denver’s 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he still works today.
Gorsuch has made some past statements that seem to indicate how he would make major Supreme Court decisions. Most notably, he has praised the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s dedication to “textualism,” or the interpretation of laws based on the actual text rather than trying to decipher the “intent” of lawmakers or other potential consequences.
“Judges should instead strive, if humanly and so imperfectly, to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be,” Gorsuch said in a speech to Case Western Reserve University's law school shortly after Scalia passed away.
A photo of the late Justice Scalia and Judge Gorsuch in Colorado:
Further, Gorsuch has been described as a constitutionalist who adheres to “originalism” when interpreting the U.S. Constitution.
To the delight of Trump supporters and conservatives, Gorsuch has also routinely ruled in favor of religious liberty, as Business Insider noted — siding with Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor when they claimed Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violated their religion.
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