President Donald Trump is set to announce his pick for the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, and reporters everywhere are furiously working sources to scoop who it is.
When asked point-blank whom Trump will select, a high-ranking former Department of Justice appointee who has worked with the administration on the pick sent Independent Journal Review only this:
This is a photo of the late Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch is a finalist for Trump’s SCOTUS pick and is currently traveling to Washington, D.C., according to reports. More on Gorsuch from the SCOTUS Blog:
Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit was “taking a breather” in the middle of a ski run when he heard that Justice Antonin Scalia had died. In a speech last April, Gorsuch added that he was “not embarrassed to admit” he cried his way down the mountain.
If Trump does nominate Gorsuch, the judge’s 49 years would make him – despite his gray hair – among the youngest of recent Supreme Court nominees (Justice Clarence Thomas was 43 when nominated, and Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan were both 50.).
Legal ethics and judicial standards seem to be of particular interest to Gorsuch, and, judging by his comments in his speech about Scalia, he takes seriously the fact that judges swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. Gorsuch has also modeled judicial conduct off the bench. For instance, when he gave the 2013 keynote address at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Gorsuch did not follow the pattern of past speakers (including sitting judges) by giving a “rabble-rousing speech” in the hopes of advancing their visibility and careers, according to one Federalist Society member. Instead, Gorsuch spoke more dryly about “law’s irony,” which both constrains and guarantees our freedom. When asked about the choice of topics by Richard Samp of the Washington Legal Foundation, Gorsuch said he felt constrained by the code of judicial conduct not to discuss anything controversial.
The Denver Post also has an everything you need to know about Gorsuch here.
The picture is a revealing nod in the direction of Gorsuch, whom The Washington Post calls a “naturally equipped” for the role.