Sunday 22 October 2017

Gorsuch 'will be one of the truly great judges'

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP
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Donald Trump's nominee for US Supreme Court Justice has been sworn in despite vehement Democrat opposition, which forced Republicans to use the "nuclear option" and change the rules so his nomination could pass.

"To whom much is given, much is expected," Neil Gorsuch said as he became the 113th person to take up the lifetime appointment in the US's highest court.

Mr Trump was in "no doubt" about his pick, telling him that he would "go down as one of the truly great justices" in history.

Mr Gorsuch took the constitutional oath in a private ceremony, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Supreme Court's Justice's Conference Room. He was accompanied by his wife Louise, who held the 'Bible', and his two daughters, Emma and Belinda, as well as all eight of the justices, who will now become his colleagues. Maureen Scalia and Eugene Scalia, the widow and son of the justice Mr Gorsuch is replacing, Antonin Scalia, were also in attendance.

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