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tv   President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court  CSPAN  February 1, 2017 1:06am-1:20am EST

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president trump announced his choice to replace antonin scalia on the supreme court. -- gorsuch.cor such president trump: thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. when justice 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 into his representative of our
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constitution and two loves our constitution and someone who would interpret them as written. this might be the most transparent judicial process in history. months ago as a candidate, i publicly presented a list of brilliant and accomplished people to the american electorate and alleged to make my choice from among that list. millions of 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 the american people have been asking for from washington for a very, very long time. [applause]
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president trump: thank you. today, i am keeping another promise to the people of the united states by nominating judge neil gorsuch and i would like to ask judge gorsuch should and his wonderful wife, louise, to please step forward. please. louise, judge. here they come. here they come. [applause] president trump: so, was that a surprise? was it? [applause]
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president trump: i have always felt that after the defense of our nation, the most important decision a president of the united states can make is the appointment of a supreme court justice. depending on their age, a justice can be active for 50 years and his or her decisions can last a century or more and can often be permanent. i took the task of this nomination very seriously. i have selected an individual whose qualities define, closely define what we are looking for. judge gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support. when he was nominated to the 10th circuit court of appeals, he was confirmed by the senate
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unanimously. also, -- unanimous, can you believe that nowadays with what is going on? [applause] president trump: does that happen anymore? does it happen? i think it is going to happen. maybe again. 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] where is she? thank you, maureen. [applause] president trump: thank you, maureen. she's really the ultimate representative of the late great justice antonin scalia whose image and genius was in my mind throughout the decision making process.
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not only are we looking at the writings of the nominee, and i studied them closely, but he is said to be among the finest and the most brilliant, often time the writings of any judge for a long time. his academic credentials, something very important to me -- education has always been a priority -- 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. he was a truman scholar. after harvard, he received his doctorate at oxford, where he attended as a marshall 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. as good as it gets.
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judge gorsuch was born and raised in colorado and was taught the value of independence, hard work and public service. while in law school, 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 upholding our laws and our constitution. the qualifications of judge gorsuch are beyond dispute. he's a man of our country and a man who our country really needs and needs badly to ensure the rule of law and the rule of justice. i would like to thank senate leadership.
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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 yours. [applause] judge gorsuch: thank you. mr. president, thank you very much.
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mr. president, mr. vice president, you and your team have shown me great courtesy in this process and you have entrusted me with a most solemn assignment. standing here in a house of history, and acutely aware of my own imperfections, i pledge that 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 spans six western states. serving about 18 million people. the men and women i have worked with are an inspiration to me. i have watched them fearlessly tending to the rule of law, enforcing the promises of our constitution, and living out daily the judicial oaths to administer justice equally to rich and poor alike. following the law as they find
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it and without respect to their personal political beliefs. i think of them tonight. of course, the supreme court's work is vital not just to a region of the country but the whole, vital to the protection of people's liberties to the law and in continuity with our constitution. the towering judges that have served in this particular seat of the supreme court, including antonin scalia and robert jackson, are much in my mind at this moment. justice scalia was a lion of the law. agree or disagree with him, all of his colleagues on the bench cherished his wisdom and humor. and, 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 lead the nfl in rushing. [laughter]
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judge gorsuch: he was one of the smartest and most courageous men i have ever known. when justice white retired, he gave me the chance to work for justice kennedy as well. justice kennedy was incredibly welcoming and gracious. and like justice white, he taught me so much. i'm forever grateful. if you have ever met judge sentel, you 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 and teacher. i've enjoyed wonderful colleagues whose support means so much to me at this moment. as it has year in and year out.
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practicing in the trial work trenches of the law, i found 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 now 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 senate the greatest deliberative body in the world and i respect the important role the constitution affords it in the confirmation of our judges. i respect to, the fact that in our legal order, it is congress not the courts to write new laws. judges to apply, not alter the work of the people's representatives. a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge. stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.
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i am so thankful tonight for my family, my friends, and my faith. these are the things that keep me grounded at life's peaks and has sustained me in its valleys. 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 for 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]

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