Select a Replacement for Justice Scalia
Current Status: FulfilledAs of
"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States;"
- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016
"Appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
- Defend the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. Nobody is above the law.
- Uphold our freedoms, constitutional values and principles that our country was founded on.
- Protect our Constitutional liberties.
- Protect and defend the bill of rights, including the freedom of religion, speech, press and right to bear arms."
Trump's list of possible candidates has been vetted by conservative legal groups to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The nominee will then be subject to approval by the Senate.
It didn't happen on day one, but on January 31st, 2017, Trump announced the nomination of judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is a highly qualified judge whose views are widely believed to be as conservative as those of the late justice Scalia.
After a contentious round of debate and confirmation hearings, the Senate confirmed Gorsuch after Majority leader Mitch McConnell suspended Senate rules - the so-called "nuclear option" - to allow a confirmation by simple majority. Gorsuch was sworn in on April 10th, 2017.