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McConnell team tweets Gorsuch photo after ruling

Author: Associated Press - June 26, 2018 - Updated: June 26, 2018

From left: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. (Photo courtesy of @Team_Mitch, the official account of Mitch McConnell for Senate, via Twitter)

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a victory lap after the Supreme Court decision on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, posting a photo with the conservative Supreme Court justice he helped put on the bench.

It was McConnell who blocked President Barack Obama from filling vacancy after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016. McConnell refused to act on Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, and the seat was left open for a year until Trump nominated Coloradan Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch was in the 5-4 majority that upheld Trump’s travel ban on Tuesday.

McConnell told reporters he’s pleased with the court’s decision on the ban, even though he once cautioned against the idea. McConnell says it’s a decision he’s “comfortable with,” even though he “didn’t care for the earlier versions.”

McConnell’s “Team Mitch” campaign team tweeted the photo of him with Gorsuch after the ruling.

Associated Press

Associated Press