Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reacts to a reporters question during a press conference Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) ** FILE **

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to take a victory lap after Tuesday’s travel ban ruling, with his campaign posting[1] on Twitter a picture of him meeting with Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.[2]...

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June 26, 2018[3] The photo of the two men reaching to shake hands wasn’t accompanied by any caption. But Justice Gorsuch joined the 5-4 decision Tuesday that found President Trump acted within the law and the Constitution when he claimed powers to restrict the entry of people from foreign countries — including several majority-Muslim nations. Mr. McConnell had held the seat left vacant by the passing of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia open for more than a year, refusing action on then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Mr. McConnell said the winner of the 2016 election should pick the new justice — a controversial decision that Republicans say has paid off handsomely for conservatives. Even as Mr. McConnell was suggesting he deserved credit, liberal activists were wondering what could have been if Judge Garland had been confirmed. They pointed out Justice Gorsuch has sided with the other Republican-appointed justices in several controversial 5-4 opinions this term. Because Mitch McConnell stole SCOTUS seat from President Obama court has upheld:Muslim BanVoter purgingRacial gerrymandering All would’ve been reversed if Merrick Garland on court — Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 26, 2018[4] The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times welcomes your comments on, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy[5] before commenting.References^ posting (^ (^ June 26, 2018 (^ June 26, 2018 (^ Comment Policy (

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