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Obama’s former lawyer and law professor tells Democrats to approve ‘extraordinary’ Gorsuch

He represented the Obama administration in court. Now he’s telling Senate Democrats, whose base is clamoring for four years of obstructionism, to approve President Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee.

Georgetown Law Prof. Neal Katyal gave a ringing endorsement to Neil Gorsuch, currently an appeals court judge, calling him “an extraordinary judge and man” whose demeanor and thoughtfulness are just what America needs right now.

Writing in The New York Times, Katyal said:

I, for one, wish it were a Democrat choosing the next justice. But since that is not to be, one basic criterion should be paramount: Is the nominee someone who will stand up for the rule of law and say no to a president or Congress that strays beyond the Constitution and laws?

I have no doubt that if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch would help to restore confidence in the rule of law. His years on the bench reveal a commitment to judicial independence — a record that should give the American people confidence that he will not compromise principle to favor the president who appointed him. … In particular, he has written opinions vigorously defending the paramount duty of the courts to say what the law is, without deferring to the executive branch’s interpretations of federal statutes, including our immigration laws.

As did law professor Jonathan Adler, Katyal noted Gorsuch’s dim view of the government reinterpreting statutes to get around court rulings:

Right about now, the public could use some reassurance that no matter how chaotic our politics become, the members of the Supreme Court will uphold the oath they must take: to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.” I am confident Neil Gorsuch will live up to that promise.

Read the op-ed.

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