The man chosen by Donald Trump to join the Supreme Club founded a club called 'Fascism Forever' during his schooldays, it is claimed.
Neil Gorsuch founded the club while a freshman at the $30,000-a-year Georgetown Preparatory School, according to the Daily Mail.
Gorsuch's yearbook suggests the club was founded as a counterweight to the "left-wing tendencies” of his professors, and he served as president until he graduated in 1985.
The yearbook says that “in political circles, our tireless President Gorsuch’s 'Fascism Forever Club' happily jerked its knees against the increasingly 'left-wing' tendencies of the faculty."
The claims are just the latest controversy to dog the 49-year-old judge, who has been put forward by Mr Trunp to fill the Supreme Court berth left by the late Antonin Scalia. The choice has split public opinion, with Republicans praising the choice even as hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Washington D.C. to protest the nomination.
An accomplished judge in Denver, Gorsuch had a glittering education, which included spells at Oxford and Harvard Law School, where he graduated alongside Barack Obama. He's also clerked for two supreme court justices.
However he's drawn comparisons with Scalia because of his view that the constitution of America is not subject to change even as society changes around it – a view which is called ‘originalist’ or ‘textualist’, where the meaning of the document comes exactly from how it was written at its conception.
A book he wrote in 2009, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, presented both sides of the argument but drew the overall conclusion that intentional killing was never right because life was too valuable.
He has ruled on cases that deal with religious liberty, and appears to be in favour of protecting it as much as possible. His most notable case on this was in 2013, where he ruled in favour of two claimants who insisted the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory contraception was a violation of their faith.
Reports suggest there are forces in the Senate gathering to block or delay his appointment to the Supreme Court, with a number of prominent Democrats leading the opposition.