Gorsuch sworn in as US Supreme Court justice

The swearing in, performed by Justice Anthony Kennedy (for whom Gorsuch once clerked), was the second.

Yet amid the bitter cross-aisle bickering, a lighthearted moment emerged: Justice Elena Kagan explained to Gorsuch what it's like to be the most junior member of the highest court, where seniority is prized above all.

"I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation", he concluded, the Blaze reported. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Gorsuch declined to answer about whether Roe v. Wade and other important court precedents were properly decided.

He also thanked by name Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, both of whom fended off Democrats' multiple attempts to derail his nomination. "And I hope that I may continue to rely on each of you as I face this new challenge", said Gorsuch. "I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected".

"This ceremony has special meaning as Justice Gorsuch is filling the seat of one of the greatest Supreme Court judges in American history, and that's Antonin Scalia, who is a terrific — was a terrific judge and a terrific person", Trump said.

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Yesterday, US President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch was sworn in.

Last week, the Democratic leadership announced they had 41 votes to filibuster Gorsuch and urged Trump to "change the nominee".

Donald Trump, in possibly his biggest win to date as president, celebrated Neil Gorsuch's ceremonial swearing-in to the Supreme Court at the White House on Monday, nodding to the fact that not everything has been easy in his first 100 days in the White House.

This is an undertaking that no judge in many decades has taken seriously, as the Supreme Court has moved steadily to the right, particularly on issues involving property rights and the privileges of the super-rich, where 9-0 rulings are increasingly common.

Under a rule change enacted last week by the GOP, the minority party will still be able to filibuster Supreme Court nominees, but the majority will only need 51 votes, instead of 60, to end debate. Gorsuch, who in the past has defended the rights of religious objectors to laws they say violate their beliefs, could be the deciding vote in a major separation of church and state case from Missouri. He takes part on Thursday in the justices' private conference to decide which cases to take up. And there are cases already heard that might be deadlocked at 4-4 in which Gorsuch could be asked to cast the deciding vote after a rehearing.

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