President Trump Nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to U.S. Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump announced Tuesday that he will nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Gorsuch, a George W. Bush appointee to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, would fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last February. Judge Gorsuch, who is 49, is known as an originalist and a defender of states’ rights and religious liberty. As an appellate judge, he gained national attention for ruling in favor of religious groups that challenged parts of the Affordable Care Act mandating coverage of contraceptives. Gorsuch, who clerked for Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White, was confirmed unanimously to the appellate bench in 2006. We discuss Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence, ideology and how his confirmation could affect the balance of power on the court.


David Savage, reporter, Los Angeles Times

John Eastman, professor, Chapman University School of Law

David Levine, professor, UC Hastings College of the Law