A Supreme Court justice nominated by President Donald Trump to replace Antonin Scalia is being touted as a major voice in the court.
But a new report suggests the justice may not have the gravitas to lead the court through the 2020s.
The report by The Wall St. Journal found Gorsuch, a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, could be a liability in a divided court.
While the justices usually are divided on most cases, a Supreme Court majority can still be overturned, the report said.
In addition, Gorsuch’s confirmation has been beset by criticism that he is too far left and has no ideological credentials.
Gorsuch’s appointment would almost certainly result in a major split in the nation’s top court, and would likely put a major dent in the future of the Affordable Care Act, which Trump campaigned on repealing.
Democrats have also threatened to file a lawsuit to block the nomination.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” on Friday, Trump said the nomination is a “massive vote of confidence” in Gorsuch.
“I think the majority will be very, very, big in the Supreme Court.
It’s a very, great confirmation.”
Trump’s choice is not expected to be confirmed in the Senate before the end of next year.
But Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said the timing of Gorsuch’s nomination was “extremely unfortunate.”
“This nomination will be in the midst of the court’s confirmation process,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
“The committee should have the opportunity to make its own decisions about the nominee, and I hope that the President and Senate confirm this nominee in time.”
Gorsub, who has served as a federal judge since 2003, has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.
He also has criticized the Trump family, including the president himself, and has suggested that he will be more liberal on the Supreme Justice seat than his predecessors, such as Antonin G. Scalia Jr. and Clarence Thomas.
Gorchers’ nomination has also sparked concerns about his temperament.
A former law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Ginsburg, who died in 2016, Gorsuch wrote an opinion that called the court “the most liberal in the country.”
Gorcher, 61, joined the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and worked on the 9th U