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Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

On January 31, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Any nominee to the Supreme Court has the burden of demonstrating that he or she should be confirmed. But particularly given the litmus-test promises that Trump made to his most extreme supporters about positions that his nominee would have to take, there is a profound burden on Gorsuch to prove to the American people that he is faithful to the text and history of the whole Constitution, including the Amendments that have written into our national charter guarantees of equality and liberty for all.

Constitutional Accountability Center is scrutinizing Judge Gorsuch's record closely to determine whether, if confirmed, Gorsuch could be counted on to serve as an independent check on the Trump Administration's authoritarian tendencies, whether he would be a virtual rubber-stamp for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other big business interests that have benefited from the most pro-corporate Supreme Court in decades, and whether he understands that our Constitution as amended protects the fundamental rights of all persons, including people of color, women, and LGBT people. These are all matters as to which members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should carefully question Judge Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing.

Below is a sampling of the work CAC has done thus far in examining Judge Gorsuch's record, along with a sampling of media appearances and additional resources.

CAC Analysis

CAC Media Appearances Following the Nomination Announcement

Citation by Senator Durbin during confirmation hearings
March 20, 2017

PBS NewsHour
January 31, 2017


FOX News
February 4, 2017


NPR's 1A broadcast
February 1, 2017


Slate's Amicus podcast
February 3, 2017