Trump taps cov­er­va­tive Judge Neil Gor­such

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump nom­i­nated Neil Gor­such, a fast-ris­ing con­ser­va­tive judge with a writer’s flair, to the Supreme Court Tues­day night, set­ting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a ju­rist who could shape Amer­ica’s le­gal land­scape for decades to come.

At 49, Gor­such is the youngest Supreme Court nom­i­nee in a quar­ter-cen­tury. He’s known on the Den­ver-based 10th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals for clear, col­lo­quial writ­ing, ad­vo­cacy for court re­view of gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions, de­fence of re­li­gious free­dom and skep­ti­cism to­ward law en­force­ment.

“Judge Gor­such has out­stand­ing le­gal skills, a bril­liant mind, tremen­dous dis­ci­pline and has earned bi­par­ti­san sup­port,” Trump de­clared, an­nounc­ing the nom­i­na­tion in his first tele­vised prime-time ad­dress from the White House.

Gor­such’s nom­i­na­tion was cheered by con­ser­va­tives wary of Trump’s own fluid ide­ol­ogy. If con­firmed by the Se­nate, he will fill the seat left va­cant by the death last year of An­tonin Scalia, long the right’s most pow­er­ful voice on the high court.

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