NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., met with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Republican Neil Gorsuch, and says he will strongly back the federal appellate judge in Gorsuch's upcoming confirmation vote.
"I could not be more impressed with Judge Gorsuch and enthusiastically support his nomination," Corker said in a statement. "He is an outstanding choice, and after meeting with him today, it is very clear why the Senate unanimously confirmed him to the federal bench in 2006."
Corker said the next Supreme Court justice "will have a lasting impact on the direction of our country, and I have full confidence in Judge Gorsuch's dedication to upholding the Constitution and applying the rule of law in a fair and independent manner."
Gorsuch is 49.
Calling Gorsuch a "well-respected and qualified individual," Corker added, "I look forward to voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch as our next U.S. Supreme Court justice."
Senate Democrats remain upset that Trump and nominee Gorsuch stand to benefit from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy last year to block then-President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, an appellate judge, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative intellectual force for decades on the nation's high court.
But with Republicans holding a 52-48 majority in the chamber and some Democrats expected to support Gorsuch, it's unclear whether Democrats will be able to mount a successful effort to block his confirmation on the floor.