By Tom Quiner
Donald Trump has done everything wrong EXCEPT for nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
This is the view of Barack Obama’s lawyer.
You read that correctly. Neal Katyal was the acting solicitor general in the Obama administration and is now a law professor at Georgetown and a partner at Hogan Lovells. Mr. Katyal has nothing good to say about President Trump. But he has great respect for Judge Gorsuch:
“There is a very difficult question about whether there should be a vote on President Trump’s nominee at all, given the Republican Senate’s history-breaking record of obstruction on Judge Merrick B. Garland — perhaps the most qualified nominee ever for the high court. But if the Senate is to confirm anyone, Judge Gorsuch, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, should be at the top of the list.”
His reaction to this court nomination appeared in the liberal New York Times. Mr. Katyal explains what he sees in Judge Gorsuch that merits confirmation:
“I have seen him up close and in action, both in court and on the Federal Appellate Rules Committee (where both of us serve); he brings a sense of fairness and decency to the job, and a temperament that suits the nation’s highest court.”
He concludes with a ringing endorsement:
“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.”