Great work by Benny Johnson of the Independent Journal Review.
As Benny notes:
Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Gorsuch, who recently traveled to Washington, D.C., was put on Trump’s short list for the appointment after he met with the then-president-elect after the 2016 election.
Speaking on background, an administration source instrumental to the SCOTUS selection process tells IJR, “Yes. It is Gorsuch. 100 percent. The Hardiman thing is a head fake.” Thomas Hardiman is the other judge Trump was considering for the vacancy, who is also in Washington, D.C.
A second source within the Trump administration confirmed IJR’s reporting.
The report was later confirmed by National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru. Conservative and libertarian legal and policy experts are ecstatic:
Whoa if true. And yay! https://t.co/YskYp6zPWi
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) January 31, 2017
Gorsuch is as smart as he is conservative, and he writes elegantly. Hardiman is a friend of Trump’s sister. Whom do YOU think T will name?
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 31, 2017
Trump will nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose philosophy resembles that of Justice Scalia, to the Supreme Court. https://t.co/FcxdiOp0OA
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) January 31, 2017
Neil Gorsuch is a #scotus pick to replace Scalia that conservatives will celebrate. This will have a galvanizing impact on the right.
— Matt K. Lewis (@mattklewis) January 31, 2017
More importantly: Nutty liberals hate it:
The short of it is that he is bad. Bad. BAD! Could be another Thomas. https://t.co/REiMtTKpFu
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) January 31, 2017
If you want to comprehend how bad a Gorsuch would be for the Supreme Court, just think of it like this: he’s basically a 1:1 Scalia replica.
— Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe) January 31, 2017
We’ll have more on Gorsuch’s philosophy tomorrow.