Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath of office in the presence of Donald Trump. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The US Senate has confirmed 48-year-old Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. This is a victory for President Donald Trump a week before the general election.

Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans voted 52-48 to approve the judge, overcoming the unified opposition of Democrats.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett took the oath of office at the White House alongside President Trump.

Her appointment seals for the foreseeable future a 6-3 conservative majority on the top US judicial body.

Only one Republican, Senator Susan Collins, voted against the president’s nominee in Monday evening’s vote. Ms Collins faces a tough re-election battle in Maine.

Justice Barrett is the third judge appointed by President Trump to the Supreme Court, after Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

The federal appeals court judge from Indiana fills the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, popularly known as notorious RBG, a liberal icon who died last month.

What happened at the White House?

On Monday night, President Trump, just after returning from campaigning in Pennsylvania, presided over Justice Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony .

“This is a momentous day for America, for the United States constitution and for the fair and impartial rule of law,” the US President said.

The president described Judge Amy Coney Barrett as “one of our nation’s most brilliant legal scholars and she will make an outstanding justice on the highest court in our land.”

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is a conservative, administered the oath of office to his new colleague.

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