US President Barack Obama has selected a man he says has one of the country’s sharpest legal minds to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. The nominee’s approval, however, is in serious doubt in the current political climate.
The decision by US Senate Democrats to try to prevent a vote for Republican Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will likely lead the GOP to trigger the so-called nuclear option. That has never happened before.
The Senate has begun the process of confirming Neil Gorsuch to the nation's top court. His record on protecting workers and his strict interpretation on the constitution were immediately under fire from Democrats.
In a victory for President Trump, the final 54-45 vote ended a lengthy partisan battle over the future of the court. Senate Republicans had to change decades of precedent in order to push the confirmation through.
A Supreme Court nomination is a chance for a president to leave a lasting impact beyond his term of office. But the Democrats, now out of power, could use this fight as a way to flex their muscles, some experts say.
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