If his first day on the job is anything to judge by, Justice Neil Gorsuch intends to ask a lot of questions and focus on the law as written.
President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia 14 months ago. When Democrats sought to block the appointment of the self-described originalist by filibustering, the Republican majority had him confirmed via “nuclear option,” with 54 votes in favor and 45 opposed.
On Monday, a week after taking his oath of office, Gorsuch took his seat on the Supreme Court, on the far left of the chief justice – or the far right, from the viewpoint of the petitioners.
Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Gorsuch and wished him a “long and happy career in our common calling.”
The court was hearing oral arguments in three cases, starting with a highly technical labor dispute pitting a US Census Bureau worker against the Merit Systems Protection Board. Gorsuch waited only seven minutes before asking his first question, and following four of his more senior colleagues, according to a correspondent for McClatchy.
“Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if we followed the plain text of the statute? What am I missing?” Gorsuch asked government lawyer Brian Fletcher at one point. When Fletcher offered to explain reasons for his interpretation, Gorsuch interrupted.
“Not reasons. Where in the language?” he said, referring to the actual statute.
At this point, Justice Samuel Alito stole the show, lamenting that the statute itself was so obtuse that only a lawyer might possibly be able to understand it.
“Who wrote this statute? Someone who takes pleasure in taking the wings off flies?” Alito asked, to laughter from the gallery.
Source: On Day 1 as Supreme Court justice, Gorsuch has many questions — RT America
Update: After weeks of endless rhetoric and party bickering over the controversial usage of the ‘nuclear option’, Neil Gorsuch has officially been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States with a largely partisan vote of 54-45.
Following a series of procedural votes yesterday to invoke the so-called ‘nuclear option’, the Senate is expected to vote shortly to confirm Neil Gorsuch as the 113th justice to serve on the Supreme Court.
Given the rule changes implemented yesterday, Republicans require only a simple majority vote to confirm Gorsuch, and with Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the Senate, today’s vote is all but a foregone conclusion. And while it will mostly be a partisan vote, 3 Democrats are also expected to support Gorsuch for a final vote tally of 55-45.
The official roll call can be watched here:
Source: Neil Gorsuch Officially Confirmed To The Supreme Court | Zero Hedge
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An alarming Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today is warning that the currently ongoing “silent coup” against President-elect Donald Trump by forces loyal to the Clinton Crime Family has “rapidly accelerated” over the past 48 hours with US Federal Judges loyal to the Obama and Bush regimes pushing for the 2016 Presidential Election to be overturned by the US Court in the next 6 days. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]
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