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Gorsuch called Obama's Supreme Court nominee 'out of respect'

Gorsuch called Obama's Supreme Court nominee 'out of respect'
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President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on Tuesday night called former President Obama's nominee, according to multiple reports.

Gorsuch made the call to Merrick Garland immediately following the announcement of his nomination "out of respect," according to an NBC News reporter.

The president on Tuesday announced his selection of Gorsuch, a well-respected conservative who sits on the Colorado-based 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

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"Millions of voters said this was the single most important issue to them, and I am a man of my word and will do what i say, something the American people have been asking of Washington for a very long time," Trump said when introducing the nominee.

Gorsuch said Tuesday he looked forward to speaking with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to answer their questions and hear their concerns.

Many Democrats remain bitter over the GOP's treatment of Garland, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, whom Obama nominated after Scalia's death in February 2016. Senate Republicans refused to give Garland a vote or a hearing, arguing the decision on filling Scalia's seat should be made by the next president.