Today, Neil Gorsuch will be sworn in as the newest member of the United States Supreme Court. Some report that Gorsuch will be as conservative as Justice Scalia, whom he replaces, while others say Gorsuch is more of a moderate. See how one source believes he will impact the high court.
Neil Gorsuch, President Trump‘s pick to fill the Supreme Court slot left open following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed by the Senate after a bruising fight when the upper chamber’s majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, invoked the so-called “nuclear option,” which allowed Republicans to end debate without 60 votes and subsequently push through the nomination.
To help understand why the addition of Gorsuch, a judicial conservative ideologically similar to Scalia, to the nation’s highest court matters, we reached out to Kate Shaw, an ABC News contributor and a Cardozo School of Law professor.
1. Let’s step back for a second. What is the broad impact on the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court with the addition of Gorsuch? How do you see him fitting in on the court? He knows Anthony Kennedy well, yes?
Shaw: For over a decade, the Court has been divided between…