Donald Trump Supreme Court Justice Announcement Live Stream: Watch Online
President Donald Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court Justice pick to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. Watch the live stream below of the Supreme Court Justice announcement.
A month after Scalia’s death, then-president Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as his replacement. But immediately, Senate Republicans said they would refuse to give Garland a Senate hearing for his nomination, arguing that the incoming president should fill the vacancy. Once Trump was elected, the new president began to assemble a shortlist of possible nominees for the Supreme Court.
By all accounts, the two frontrunners for the lifetime appointment are Thomas Hardiman, a 51-year-old federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pennsylvania, and Neil Gorusch, a 49-year-old, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Colorado. Both potential nominees are conservatives. Harriman went to law school at Georgetown University, and was the editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Gorusch is a graduate of Harvard Law School, who knows his way around the Supreme Court, having previously clerked for Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White. Interestingly, if nominated, Hardiman would be the only sitting Supreme Court Justice not to have graduated from either Harvard Law School or Yale Law School.
President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court Justice nominee at 8 p.m. EST. Watch the live stream below of the announcement. UPDATE: Click to see celebrity reaction to Trump nominating Gorsuch.