Though the official announcement is still hours away, it appears that President Trump will nominate Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Antonin Scalia.
Benny Johnson at Independent Journal Review posted that two administration sources confirmed to him that Gorsuch was the pick.
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.
Guy Benson at Townhall reported:
A source close to Team Trump’s confirmation operation tells Townhall that Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will be nominated to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. This information could not be independently and directly confirmed by a second source. However, additional breadcrumbs exist….All of which is to say that unless there is a significant misdirection operation underway — a possibility that cannot be discounted, especially given the president’s flare for the dramatic and these speculation-building theatrics — it will be Gorsuch.
A former clerk, David Feder, describes Gorsuch as an originalist in the mold of Scalia.
He not only faithfully applies originalist methodology but articulately explains why our constitutional design remains relevant—and critical—over two hundred years later. If the President-elect’s goal is to replace Justice Scalia with someone who will carry the flag of originalism and teach it to the next generation through engaging opinions, public speeches (see, e.g., Law’s Irony and Of Lions and Bears, Judges and Legislators), and the honest hard work it requires, the choice is Judge Gorsuch.
Gorsuch, 49, attended Columbia, then Harvard Law School. He served in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush before being nominated to the federal bench in 2006.