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    Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Judge Neil Gorsuch will faithfully and vigorously defend the US constitution, President Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Senate voted 54 — 45 on Friday to confirm Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

    “As a deep believer in the rule of law, Judge Gorsuch will serve the American people with distinction as he continues to faithfully and vigorously defend our Constitution,” Trump stated.

    On Thursday, the US Senate voted to block the nomination in a 55-45 vote, and then offered a motion to postpone the vote until April 24. The majority of senators did not agree to delay the procedure for another two weeks.

    Later that day, the Senate approved in a 52-48 vote a change of an existing rule that will enable moving forward the nomination of Judge Gorsuch as the ninth Justice on the Supreme Court. The new rule allowed the Senate to take a simple majority procedural vote to limit debate to 30 hours on President Donald Trump's candidate for the Supreme Court.


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