Cornyn, Cruz laud Trump's pick for Supreme Court

President Trump nominates federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court   WhiteHouse.gov

President Donald Trump named federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat previously occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

U.S. senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) praised the president's pick.

"I think Judge Gorsuch is a home run," Cruz told Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson in an interview held earlier tonight.

Gorsuch, age 49, was nominated to 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush, and he has served on the court for more than a decade. He previously clerked for Supreme Court justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.  

Cornyn agreed with Cruz.

“Judge Gorsuch is an excellent choice to serve as our next Supreme Court Justice," said Cornyn in a statement. "A jurist of the highest caliber, he has served with distinction and a demonstrated commitment to the rule of law."

The National Law Journal's Tony Mauro writes that, "In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices."

Despite this resume, Gorsuch will likely face fierce opposition from U.S. Senate Democrats.

Politico reports that Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), in an interview given a day before Trump's pick was even announced, said that, "We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”

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