Trump selects Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is praising Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch for his "extraordinary resume."

Trump announced he was nominating Gorsuch Tuesday night. He says the nominee's academic credentials were "as good as I have ever seen."

He adds that Gorsuch "has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support."

Trump also says Gorsuch was "the man our country needs and needs badly to ensure the rule of law and the rule of justice."

nominee to the Supreme Court is pledging to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

Gorsuch is also thanking Trump for giving him a "most solemn assignment."

If confirmed by the Senate, Gorsuch would succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death nearly a year ago created a vacancy on the nine-member court, but Gorsuch's selection is expected to spark a fierce fight with Democrats.