Amy Coney Barrett has been sworn in as the latest U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Monday’s ceremony took place on the South Lawn of the White House as President Donald Trump watched eagerly.
“This is a momentous day for America, for the United States Constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law,” President Donald Trump said.
“She is one of our nation’s most brilliant legal scholars and she will make an outstanding justice on the highest court in our land.”
Justice Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas.
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Barrett was approved for the position by way of a 52-48 vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. Leading up to Monday’s vote, there was a lot of commotion surrounding Barrett’s nomination. First, there were concerns regarding the sudden nature of the nomination given that former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away just weeks ago. Then, there was a massive COVID-19 outbreak at an event she attended that threatened her ability to participate in the hearings. More recent, critics have thrown shots at her resume. Barrett enters the nation’s highest court having never tried a case or argued an appeal.
Having confirmed Barrett as Ginsburg’s successor, the U.S. Senate stands adjourned until after the election.