Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Two hours later at the White House, Gorsuch took his constitutional oath as a federal employee from Justice Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving current justice, who employed Gorsuch as a law clerk almost a quarter-century ago.

"I can not tell you how honored I am to have here today my mentor, Justice Kennedy, to administer the judicial oath, a lovely oath, as he did for me 11 years ago when I became a circuit judge", Gorsuch said.

The swearing-in ceremony of the 49-year-old justice was held in the Rose Garden of the White House, during which U.S. President Donald Trump lauded the accomplishment of his hand picked candidate.

For his part, Gorsuch said: " I am humbled by the trust placed in me today. Gorsuch becomes the first justice to serve alongside a former boss. After a lengthy battle, Republicans invoked what they called the "nuclear option", lowering the confirmation threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority. Gorsuch will rule on several high-profile cases, as the court meets in private as early as Thursday to consider cases for the upcoming term. It is expected that Gorsuch's legal opinions will be similar to those of Scalia. "I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation", he said. They include a religious rights case on April 19 in which a Missouri church is objecting to being denied state funds for a playground project due to a state ban on providing public money to religious organisations.

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But if you've watched the news over the past week, you already know that liberals in the Senate have treated Justice Scalia's vacant seat as an opportunity to put politics ahead of what the American people rightfully asked and voted for in November when they elected President Trump.

Democrats angrily fought the nomination to the end because McConnell had blocked former president Barack Obama's nominee for the seat, Merrick Garland, after Scalia's sudden death in February 2016.

The 66-day confirmation process divided Congress in a way that hadn't been done before.

Referring to Gorsuch's predecessor, who was beloved by conservatives, Slattery said the new justice "will no doubt live up to the standard set by Justice Antonin Scalia". All but two of the men were white. 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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Gorsuch is different in other ways. He had served since 2006 on the Colorado-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kennedy, 80, often a swing vote on the court, presided, a reminder that Gorsuch's ascendance may not be this president's final chance to influence the direction of the high court.

In her remarks accepting the award, Ginsburg said collegiality "really matters" at the court and urged members of Congress to "lead in restoring harmonious work ways".

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