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Neil Gorsuch: 'Do you really want to rule the country?'



"It's a rough republic and the battle of ideas is what our founders had in mind," he said in a lengthy interview with CNN.

Judicial modesty comes weeks before the Supreme Court wants to return from a summer recess and decide cases regarding LGBT Rights, the Second Amendment, immigration and even abortion and health care.

The newly solidified conservative majority is finding its footing after a transitional period for a hard right turn.

Gorsuch, nominated in 2017 by President Donald Trump, has published his own independent streak as well. 19659005] In a wide-ranging interview conducted in an ornate conference room at the Supreme Court, Gorsuch responded to critiques of his judicial philosophy. So he discussed the confirmation process, Trump's tweets and campaign rhetoric, his own views on overturning settled law, and even the surprise he had for Brett Kavanaugh.

'This is not a tyranny of a few'

Gorsuch is setting out on a singular course. He does not just ask to solve the cases at hand, but the way people think about the law.

He sees himself as a judge's job as enforcing the approach "as faithfully and fearlessly" as possible.

But his approach to the law rubs a number of different groups, who believe it writes them out of the Constitution, the wrong way. Like the more liberal justices on the court, they believe the document evolves with time. It's a battle between originalists and so-called "living constitutionalists."

Gorsuch takes on her philosophy arguing that it's judgments to add things to the constitution that are not there.

"I say the country is owned by We The People: We wrote a Constitution, We put down what we wanted to put into it. "We can amend it when we want it to be up to nine million people."

In a new book, "A Republic, If You Can Keep It," he says, "I do not want to change the constitution, you can." do it, "he says.

For critics of that approach ̵

1; those who see a broader role for the courts – he sternly says:" I say get involved. "This is not a tyranny of a

He believes that the confirmation process, including his own democrats accused him of ta President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, is "Politicians in robes."

"That's just radically inconsistent with my lived experience as a lawyer and a judge, "he said.

But he refused to call the process broken. "Oh gosh," he said.

And given the opportunity to criticize Trump for his attacks on judges he moved gingerly. [19659002] It was Chief Justice John Roberts last fall. Gorsuch declined to call the president out by name.

Speaking broadly said, however, "I'd say to anyone who questions what a wonderful inheritance we have in our courts and the rule of law in this country, go spend six

 Justice Elena Kagan uses Spider-Man to warn of Supreme Court & # 39; s & # 39; s. great responsibility & # 39; to follow precedent

On the campaign trail, Gorsuch is a favorite topic for Trump.

"We have a Supreme Court Justice, Judge Gorsuch – remember that? If crooked Hillary got elected, you would not have a Second Amendment, believe me. "You said to be in your rifles," the president said in Alabama in 2017.

If that blurs the line between politics Gorsuch will not say.

"I'm not going to get involved in politics or political rallies," hey said. all of them – are enforced. "

Critics point out that as Trump's policies are stampeding toward the courts, Gorsuch voted to allow the President's travel ban. He voted to permit

a citizenship question on the census. Over the summer, he said, "Trump administration to use $ 2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct parts of a wall along the southwestern border.

Kagan lamented in one 5-4 case where

"Well, that did not take long," Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer expressed concern the court is overruled 34-year-old precedent.

Gorsuch laid out some of his considerations concerning overturning past cases , "It would be wrong to say never, and on the other hand, it would be wrong to say always," he said. How long it's been on the books. "

Last term, his language was more fierce when he chastised his colleagues for failing to overturn precedent related to the power of administrative agencies. The majority had not gone as far as Gorsuch would have liked.

The court's precedent at issue, he wrote, "emerges maimed and enfeebled – in truth, zombified." He noted, "The role of the goddess" is "to do with the goddess of God."

North Korea and separation of powers

For Gorsuch, the structure of government is even more fundamental than the Bill of Rights.

"North Korea has an excellent Bill of Rights," he offers.

"They promise all the rights we have, and a bunch more." right to relaxation. "

" Now, ask political prisoners how is that working out? " he queries.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Bill Clinton share the stage at Arkansas [196909031] even North Korea – can it be robust?

"What happens when politicians become judges?

And with flourish he adds: "Do you want to make stuff up?" I have said Judges wear robes not capes for that reason. "

Welcome to Kavanaugh

[19659002] No longer the junior-most justice, Gorsuch says he's the newest member of the board, Brett Kavanaugh, he's been around for some 40 years because of the high school, Georgetown Prep, with a surprise.

Tradition holds that when a new member arrives, it's up to the former.

Gorsuch knew that a fancy exotic dinner would not be Kavanaugh's thing.

"He's kind of a meat and potatoes." Kind of guy "Gorsuch said, and an avid fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team. Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.

 The President's Race during a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

For the dinner, Gorsuch gathered his colleagues to celebrate with him.

"I did not tell

"Gorsuch would not discuss pending cases and controversies, but brushed off fears of those questioning the new direction of the court." wonder of the rule of law in this country is its consistency over time, "he said" and "how can people do their affairs and their lives around our Constitution." 19659002] "I've got great confidence in America," he continued. "And I say to those who do not, look elsewhere, where else would you be better?"


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