Fox News Special: Neil Gorsuch opens up on journey to Supreme Court


>>A FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE. INSIDE THE HIGH COURT WITH THE MAN ATOP TRUMP’S LIST. STORIES YOU HAVEN’T HEARD. AND A WARNING FOR THE COUNTRY.>>THERE IS A REASON WHY DEMOCRACIES HAVEN’T ALWAYS SUCCEEDED IN HISTORY. FROM WASHINGTON, SHANNON BREAM. SHANNON: THE SUPREME COURT. FOR MANY VOTERS IT WAS THE DECIDING ISSUE OF THE 2016 ELECTION. THIS HOUR THE FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITH GORSUCH SINCE HE JOINED THE NATION’S HIGH COURT. A REVEALING CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS LIFE, HIS PHILOSOPHY. WE START FAR AWAY FROM HERE IN GORSUCH’S HOME STATE OF COLORADO. IT’S QUITE A STORY ABOUT HIS NOMINATION.>>TWO YOUNG THEN WERE SENT OUT FROM WASHINGTON TO COLLECT ME AND MY WIFE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT. THEY SHOWED UP ON A SUNDAY EVENING. I WAS OUT MOWING THE LAWN. SHE WERE INVITED TO STAY FOR SUPPER AND THEY WENT TO A MOTEL AND CAME BACK TO GET US THE NEXT MORNING. THE PRESIDENT TWEETED. AT THAT POINT IT SEEMED LIKE EVERY MEDIA TRUCK DESCENDED UPON THE POTENTIAL NOMINEE’S HOMES. AND WE HAD A CREW OUTSIDE OUR SINGLE ROW. THEY HAD LAWN CHAIRS AND VANS AND THE WORKS. THEY CAME PREPARED. SHANNON: THE TWO GUYS FROM WASHINGTON DID NOT.>>THEY WERE IN THEIR SUITS IN A RENTED CAR. SO THEY WENT TO WALMART AND GOT SOME DUDS THEY THOUGHT WOULD BE NATURAL FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE BUT STILL FELT LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO GET CAUGHT. THEY SAID WOULD YOU MIND HIKING OUT? WE’LL PICK YOU UP THERE. MY WIFE’S ROLLER BAG WOULD NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THAT HIKE. I SAID GUYS, NO. I’M NOT GOING TO DO THAT. MY NEIGHBOR SAID NEIL, I GREW UP IN IRAN DURING THE REVOLUTION AND I WOULD NEVER BUY A HOUSE WHERE THERE IS ONLY ONE ESCAPE.>>SHE SAID I HAVE TO SHOWER AND CHANGE. YOUR GETAWAY OUTFIT, THE WHOLE POINT IS NOT TO BE SEEN. THE PERSON WHO SHOULD HAVE SHOWERED AND CHANGED DIDN’T, AND THAT WAS ACTUALLY ME. I HAD BEEN IN THE BARN ALL MORNING AND MUCKING OUT AND DOING ALL THE CHORES. AND I THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING BUT THAT.>>WE WENT OUT BY WAY AFTER BUMPY HORSE TRACK AND MET UP WITH THE KIDS FROM THE EAST COAST TO MAKE IT TO WASHINGTON.>>WE FLEW TO D.C. AND ARRIVED TWO HOURS AHEAD. WE ARRIVED TO A DINNER PARTY. AND I WALKED IN AND I SUDDENLY HAD THIS MOMENT OF SELF-AWARENESS. I AM STILL WEARING THE CLOTHES I MUKD OUT IN THE BARN THAT MORNING.>>SHE CALLS IT ESCAPE FROM LOOKOUT RIDGE. SHANNON: DID YOU EVER IMAGINE ALL THOSE YEARS AGO WHEN YOU MET YOUR HUSBAND YOU WOULD END UP IN THIS-HISTORICAL PLACE?>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>THIS IS A FOX NEWS ALERT. WE ARE CONTINUING OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE DEATH OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE IS ANTONIN SCALIA.>>HE CAME HERE FISHING WITH YOU.>>WE AGREED ON A LOT OF THINGS AND I ADMIRED HIM GREATLY. AND HE WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC FLY-FISHER. BUT WE DID NOT SEE EYE TO EYE ON HOW TO PRESENT A FLY TO A TROUT. I SAID I KNOW THIS STREAM LIKE THE BACK OF MY HAND. IF YOU CAN JUST WADE OVER THERE A LITTLE BIT, DROP THE FLY DOWN, YOU ARE GOING TO CATCH A FISH. HE WOULD TOMORROW OVER THERE, SLAP THE LINE ON WATER AS HARD AS HE COULD. THE HARDER HE CAST, THE MORE THE FISH WOULD LIKE THE PRESENTATION. HE WOULD SAY NEIL, YOU TOILED ME THERE — YOU TOLD ME THERE WAS A FISH THERE. WELL THERE HAD BEEN. SHANNON IF PRESIDENT TRUMP GOT TO PICK SCALIA’S REPLACEMENT THAT WOULD BE GONE. SENATOR McCONNELL DECLARED HE WOULD KEEP THE SEAT OVER UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION SO THE COURT BECAME ONE OF THE CAMPAIGN’S MOST OF PRESSING ISSUES.>>DO YOU KNOW HOW I KNOW DONALD’S SUPREME COURT JUSTICES WILL BE LIBERALS? FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE HE CONSULTED LIBERALS. SHANNON: HE ISSUED YOU A LIST OF THE LIST OF JUSTICES HE WOULD NOMINATE. IT DIDN’T INCLUDE NEIL GORSUCH.>>I REMEMBER IN THE SUMMER OF 2016 WITH A FRIEND AT LUNCH. HE SAID IT’S A PITY YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THIS LIST. I AM SO HAPPY IN COLORADO, LEAVE ME ALONE. I’M FINE. WE GOT UP FROM LUNCH AND MY PHONE BUZZED AND IT WAS A TEXT SAYING YOU ARE ON A NEW LIST. I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WOULD BE A SECOND LIST AND I DIDN’T KNOW MY NAME WOULD BE ON IT.>>I CALLED HIM, HE SAID SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD I GO FOR THIS? SHANNON: REBECCA COLISS TAUGHT HIM TO FISH.>>HE SAID THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT’S GOING TO DO TO ME OR MY FAMILY. MY RESPONSE WAS IF HE COULD GET HIS GIRLS ON BOARD I NOT IT WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS SERVICE TO THE NATION. SHANNON: OF COURSE THE POINT WAS MOOT IF TRUMP DIDN’T BEAT HILLARY CLINTON, AND EVERYONE KNEW HE COULDN’T. BUT OVERNIGHT NEIL GORSUCH BECAME A MAN WHO COULD MAKE HISTORY. HE SAID IT’S NOT YOU.

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