Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

Following a Senate confirmation by a 52-48 party-line vote on Monday, conservative US federal judge Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the newest Supreme Court Justice at a White House south lawn ceremony, replacing the late liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett was sworn in under a constitutional oath delivered by Justice Clarence Thomas during the White House event. The judicial swearing-in will take place on Tuesday with Chief Justice John Roberts officiating.

Barrett said it is her honor to serve our country and assured she will keep her duties separate from her political preferences, stating the oath of office she’s taking means she will fulfill her judicial obligations without personal or political prejudice.

Barrett’s confirmation takes place just one week shy of Election Day, following a month’s long vetting process and contention by Democrats. Justice Barrett’s appointment seals a solid 6-3 majority held by conservatives, which gives the Republicans, and President Trump, a clear advantage in upcoming cases. During her first week on the bench, the court will take action on abortion and Trump’s taxes, which have been hot-button issues since the president took office.