Gorsuch shares his office with an elk shot by Scalia
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Justice Neil Gorsuch shares his office with an elk named Leroy.

No, really. 

The Supreme Court’s newest justice told a crowd during a Thursday luncheon at Trump International Hotel that his predecessor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, had bagged the enormous elk on a hunting trip and proudly displayed it in his office — even naming it Leroy.

When Scalia died in February 2016, Gorsuch said, it seemed like Leroy was destined to become homeless.


When Gorsuch was a confirmed — more than a year after Republicans refused to hold a hearing or vote on former President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland — he said someone got the idea to give him Leroy as an “unusual welcome to the neighborhood gift for the new guy.”

“What a gift,” he quipped.

“The truth is, I’m delighted to share a space with Leroy because as it turns out he and I share a few things in common. Truth is, we’re both native Coloradans, we both received a rather shocking summons to Washington, neither of us will ever forget Justice Scalia and it seems we’ve both been crated and jumbled across the country to serve out our time together on display at the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Gorsuch, who assumed his position in April, was the keynote speaker at a luncheon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Fund for American Studies, a conservative group that claims on its website to teach students and young professionals about "limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership."

The hotel appearance created a firestorm among liberals, who claimed it was unethical for Gorsuch to speak at a business owned by the president.

“Justice Gorsuch speaking to a conservative group in the Trump Hotel, where the President continues to hold a financial stake, is everything that was wrong with his nomination,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Thursday.

“There's a reason we questioned his independence during his confirmation hearings.”