President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court CSPAN January 31, 2017 8:00pm-8:19pm EST
join the discussion. >> just about 8:00 on the east coast and just 11 days into his presidency, president trump will announce his pick to fill the ninth seat on the u.s. supreme court. a seat left vacant by the death of justice antonin scalia on february 13, 2016. the east room of the white house filled with all sorts of guests. major political players, members of congress, and of course, the vice president as well in addition to the president children. the president will be coming down shortly. two names that throughout the day have surfaced as the likely final candidates, neil gorsuch of denver and thomas hardiman. trump announcing this
after justice antonin scalia back in february died in texas. obama namingack merrick garland his nomination in march, but the u.s. senate never taking that nomination up. the president advisors are here. just to let you know, we will show you the whole nomination tonight, but following the coverage, we will open up our phone lines and get your thoughts on the presidents pick tonight. naming merrick garland his nomination in march, but the u.s. senate >> ladies and gentlemen, the
presidents of th of the united states. [applause] president trump: thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. scalia passed away suddenly last february, i made a promise to the american people. if i were elected president, i would find the very best judge in the country for the supreme court. i promised to select someone who respects our laws and is representative of our
constitution and who loves the constitution. and someone who interprets them as written. this may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history. months ago as a candidate, i publicly presented a list of brilliant and accomplished people to the american electorate and pledged to make my choice from among that list. millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president. i am a man of my word. i will do as i say. something that the american people have been asking for from washington for a very, very long time. [applause]
president trump: thank you. today, i'm keeping another promise to the american people. gorsuchating judge neil of the united states supreme court, to be of the united states supreme court. i would like to ask judge gorsuch and his wonderful wife louise to please step forward. please, louise, judge. here they come. here they come. [applause] president trump: was that a surprise? was it?
[applause] president trump: i have always felt that after the defense of our nation, the most important decision a president of the states can make is the appointment of a supreme court justice. depending other hon their age, a justice can be active for 50 years and his or her decisions could last the century states ce appointment of a supreme court justice. or more and can often be permanent. i made the task of this nomination seriously. i have selected an individual whose qualities define, closely defined what we are looking for. judge gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support. when he was nominated to the 10th circuit court of appeals, he was confirmed by the senate
unanimously. that -- can you believe nowadays with what is going on? [applause] does thattrump: happen anymore? i think it is going to happen. also with us tonight is maureen scalia. a woman loved by her husband and deeply respected by all. i'm so happy she is with us. [applause] president trump: thank you, maureen. ultimatelly the representative of the late great justice antonin scalia whose image and genius was in my mind throughout the decision making
process. not only are we looking at the said to beut he's among the finest and most brilliant, oftentimes the writings of any judge for a long time. his academic credentials, something very important to me -- education has always been every already -- are as good as i have ever seen. he received his undergraduate degree from columbia with honors. he then received his law degree from harvard, also with honors. after harvard, he received his doctorate of oxford where he attended as a martial scholar. one of the top academic honors anywhere in the world. after law school, he clerked at the supreme court for both justices byron white and anthony kennedy.
it is an extraordinary resume. judge gorsuch was born and raised in colorado and was taught the value of independence, hard work in public service. while in possible, he demonstrated a commitment to helping the less fortunate. he worked in harvard prison legal assistance projects and harvard defenders program. i studied every aspect of his life. he could have had any job at any law firm for any amount of money, but what he wanted to do with his career was to be a judge, to write decisions and to make an impact by of holding our laws and our constitution. the qualifications of judge gorsuch are beyond dispute. country and of our a man who our country really needs and needs badly to ensure the role along and the rule of justice -- rule of law and the
rule of justice. i would only hope both democrats and republicans can come together for once for the good of the country. congratulations to you and your family. may god bless you, may god bless our glorious nation. judge gorsuch, the podium, sir, is years. yours. [applause] judge gorsuch: thank you. president, thank you very much. mr. president, mr. vice
president, you and your team have shown me great courtesy and you have entrusted me with the most solemn assignment. standing here in the house of history, aware of my own imperfections. if i'm confirmed, i will do all my powers that permit to enforce the constitution of laws in this country. for the last decade, i worked as a federal judge at a court that spanned six western states. serving 18 million people. the men and women i have worked with are an inspiration to me. i have watch them fearlessly tending to the rule of law, forcing the promises of our constitution, and living out oaths to judicial administer justice equally.
without respect to their personal political beliefs. i think of oaths t them tonight. the supreme court's work is not the region of the country but the whole, vital to the protection of people's liberties continuityand in constitut with our constitution. the judges that have served in this particular seat of the supreme court, including antonin scalia a and robert jackson, are much in my mind at this point. justice scalia was a lion of the law. disagree or agree with him, all of the colleagues on the bench shared his wisdom and humor. like them, i miss him. i begin my legal career working for byron white, the last coloradan to serve on the supreme court and the only justice to leave the nfl in rushing. [laughter] judge gorsuch: he was one of the
smartest and most courageous men i have no. known. he gave me the chance to work for justice kennedy as well. he's incredibly welcoming and gracious. he taught me so much. i'm forever grateful. him, youave ever met would know how lucky i was to land a clerkship with him right out of school. [laughter] judge gorsuch: thank you. these judges brought me up in the law. truly, i would not be here without them. today is as much of their day as it is mine. in the balance of my professional life, i have had the privilege of working as a practicing lawyer in teacher. i enjoyed wonderful colleagues who supported me at this moment. as it has year in and year out. practicing of the trial work, i saw that when judges don our
robes, it does not make us any smarter but it is a reminder of what is expected of us. impartiality, independence, collegiality and courage. as this process moves to the senate, i look forward to speaking with members from both sides of the aisle. answering the questions and to hearing their concerns. i consider the united states the greatest deliberative body in the world and i respect the important role the constitution affords it in the confirmation of our judges. order,ct that are legal it is congress not the courts to write new laws. not alter they, work of the people's representatives. a judge who likes every outcome is very likely a bad judge. stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands. i am so thankful tonight for
my family, my friends, and my faith. these are the things that keep me grounded and has sustained me . to louise, my incredible wife and companion of 20 years, my cherished daughters watching on tv, and all of my family and friends, i cannot thank you enough. your love and your prayers, i could not attempt this without you. mr. president, i'm honored and i'm humbled. thank you very much. [applause]