Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court nominee

(CNN) (AP) The nomination of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appellate judge, gives Trump and Republicans the opportunity to confirm someone who could cement the conservative direction of the court for decades.

His selection also sets up an intense fight with Senate Democrats, still angry over the Republicans’ decision to essentially ignore former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the empty Supreme Court seat last year.

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