Gorsuch has dinner at GOP senator’s home

Gorsuch has dinner at GOP senator’s home
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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dined Monday night with Republican senators and other Washington officials.

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Further details of the dinner were not immediately made known. The dinner did not appear to violate the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, which advises that judges "should refrain from political activity."

Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court roughly a year ago to replace the late Antonin Scalia. 

He was subject to a tense confirmation hearing, with Democrats nearly unanimously opposing his nomination. The Senate ultimately confirmed him in April with a 54-45 vote.

Republicans used the "nuclear option" during the proceedings, changing Senate rules so that a simple majority would be enough to confirm Gorsuch.