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Live: President Trump makes announcement about Gorsuch during weekly address

President Trump has "a special message about Judge Gorsuch and more," the White House announced.
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Judge Neil Gorsuch'sfour-day Senate hearing is over and the real games begin as Democrats fight to keep him from becoming the next justice of the Supreme Court. President Trump plans to deliver "a special message" about Gorsuchduring his weekly address to the nation, the White House announced.

Watch Trump's address, scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Friday, below.

"Dozens of hours and hundreds of questions later, one fact became crystal clear: Judge Gorsuch is exceedingly qualified to become the next Justice of the Supreme Court," according to the White House.

"President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch because of his unwavering dedication to equal justice under the law, strict constitutional principles, and his history of fighting for all Americans."

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If confirmed, Gorsuchwould fill the seat left vacant by the late Justice AntoninScalia. With two 80-year-old sitting justices and a third nearing 79, Trump could potentially fill those seats with more conservative justices than their predecessors, thus tipping the court to the right.

NPR called thenext SCOTUS confirmation"Armageddon" if the Democrats "have a weak hand this time." Democrats are expected tofilibusterthe Senate vote on Gorsuch.

 
 
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