Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's candidate at the Supreme Court, hinted that there would be more conservative judgments from the judges, and claimed that it is not the task of the judges to act as fixators of the country.
& # 39; Do you really want me to rule the country? & # 39; he told CNN.
& # 39; It's a raw republic and the struggle for ideas is what our founders had in mind, & # 39; he said, arguing what they didn't have in mind, & # 39; nine old people in Washington were in robes telling everyone how to live. & # 39;
Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's candidate at the Supreme Court, hinted that there would be more conservative judgments
Gorsuch, a conservative justice who has become a reliable voice in the president's policy court, promotes his new book & # 39; A Republic If You Keep It & # 39 ;.
In the book, Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court and the role of the judge under the constitution.
It contains a collection of essays, speeches and previous opinions.
A high number of cases await the Supreme Court when it returns from its summer recess on October 1, some of which concern heated political issues – LGBT rights, the second amendment, immigration, abortion and health care.
Gorsuch, 52, explained that his legal philosophy is to look at the original meaning of the constitution.
But a number of groups object to his interpretation of the judicial role, claiming to write them out of the constitution and argue for a more liberal philosophy that the document should evolve over time.
Gorsuch pushed back and said that all judges would be to add things to the Constitution that are not there if that were the case.
& # 39; I say the land is owned by We The People. We have written a constitution, we have laid down what we wanted to put into it. We can adjust it whenever we want and it's not up to nine people to tell 330 million Americans how to live. & # 39;
Gorsuch also had strong words for the confirmation process and claimed that it has become so political that it is leaving it impression that those judges just & # 39; politicians in robes & # 39; to be.
& # 39; That is just radically inconsistent with my experience as a lawyer and judge & # 39 ;, he told CNN.
Gorsuch & # 39; s own confirmation was the subject of much political argument.
He was nominated by President Trump shortly after he took office for the seat abandoned by the death of justice Anthony Scalia.
But Scalia died while Barack Obama was still president. Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the chair, but Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell refused to advance his nomination in a presidential election year.
Gorsuch also told about the unique welcome that he gave new Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he joined the court.
Members of the Supreme Court: Seated – Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Back left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Gorsuch made sure that the Washington Nationals mascots welcomed Brett Kavanaugh to the court
Tradition means that when a new justice arrives, the former most junior justice arranger a welcome dinner.
Gorsuch knew that Kavanaugh was a big fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team, whose mascots bear huge foam heads that represent Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.
So, before the welcome dinner, he arranged for the mascots to run through the corridors of the Supreme Court.
& # 39; I didn't tell anyone because I thought it might be better to ask for forgiveness than permission, & # 39; said Gorsuch.
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