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Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

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Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice on Monday morning. NBC photo Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice on Monday morning. NBC photo

BY ALI VITALI, NBC News

(NBC News) - Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice on Monday morning — an ascension to the high court bench that President Donald Trump touted as one of his first major domestic successes.

"And I got it done in the first 100 days," he told reporters, White House aides, and guests gathered in the Rose Garden. "You think that's easy?"

ustice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath in the White House Rose Garden. It was the first time a sitting justice swore in a former clerk to join him as a colleague on the high court bench.

Gorsuch will replace the late conservative justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February of 2016.

This was the second of two oaths taken by Supreme Court's newest justice on Monday. The first was administered earlier that morning by Chief Justice John Roberts with Scalia's widow and one of his sons attendance, as well as the other eight Supreme Court justices.

Gorsuch's swearing in comes after a fierce confirmation battle, waged largely along party lines, that deeply divided the Senate. Democrats tried to block Gorsuch's nomination Thursday with a procedural filibuster but were met by an historic and unprecedented counter by Republicans.

Senate Republicans invoked the "nuclear option" — allowing all future Supreme Court nominees to pass with a 51-vote simple majority instead of the previous 60-vote threshold.

Just three Democrats crossed party lines to confirm Gorsuch: Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana), Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

While Republicans and the White House praised Gorsuch as a mainstream and qualified jurist, Democrats sounded the alarm over past rulings that they said reflected a preference for corporate interests.

Their opposition was also rooted in the Republican block of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, who was nominated last year to replace Scalia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the time refused to consider Garland's nomination because of the proximity to the election and the coming of a new president.

Garland never saw a vote.

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