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Cases, but also cafeteria duty, await Gorsuch at high court

18 April 2017, 02:01 | Dan Bryan

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CBS News' Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford said that now that Gorsuch has been confirmed, the new Supreme Court justice will start work immediately.

His credentials include degrees from Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford and clerkships with two Supreme Court justices, the late Byron White and Kennedy, who will be administering the oath to his protege in the White House Rose Garden.

CBS This Morning on Tuesday downgraded the lifetime confirmation of a Supreme Court justice to a bit story within a report on alleged feuding between White House aides.

"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.

His 66-day confirmation process was swift, but bitterly divisive. Democrats said they consider the seat "stolen", because Republicans refused to act on President Barack Obama's nominee for the court, Judge Merrick Garland. And as much as Trump and many Republicans seem to see Gorsuch's confirmation to the Court as a victory, the event is embroiled in controversy. "And I got it done in the first 100 days!" he added. "That's even nice. You think that is easy?"

He said making Supreme Court candidates get 60 votes "is essential to ensuring that our country has a confidence in those people who are nominated, rather than just someone who passes a litmus test".

Conservatives have hailed Gorsuch for his often strict interpretation of the Constitution, which largely falls in line with the man he will be replacing.

Gorsuch on Monday thanked the president, his family, White House staff, former colleagues and law clerks, and his friends for their support.

Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking his place in history as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court. "I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected".

Trump was able to fulfil a top campaign promise when the Republican-led US Senate voted to confirm the conservative Colorado-based federal appeals court judge to the lifetime job on Friday despite vehement Democratic opposition.

Senate Democrats, upon the announcement of Gorsuch's nomination, filibustered the hearings, feeling that Gorsuch was unfit to serve.

Trump is anxious to celebrate Gorsuch's success because it is one of the few clear accomplishments of his young administration, uniting Republicans.

Gorsuch's first case on the court will be a high -profile religious-rights case concerning a Missouri law banning churches from getting public funds for aiding people. He vowed to choose from the combined list, recommended separately by The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, in naming Supreme Court justices.

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