“This Is A Momentous Day For America”, Trump Declares As Amy Coney Barrett Joins US Supreme Court

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Amy Coney Barrett taking her oath
"This Is A Momentous Day For America", Trump Declares As Amy Coney Barrett Joins US Supreme Court - Vantage News Nigeria
Amy Coney Barrett taking her oath

On Monday the US Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice in what many see as another victory for President Donald Trump who is facing a tough re-election come November 3.

Republicans senators voted 52 against the democrats 48 unified opposition to approve the Amy’s appointment.

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

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer expressed displeasure over Amy Coney Barrett confirmation.

48 years old Barrett took her oath of office at the White House alongside President Trump.

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

The new justice is the third appointed by the Republican president, 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, a liberal icon who died last month.

President Donald Trump had declared after her swearing in,  “This is a momentous day for America, for the United States constitution and for the fair and impartial rule of law.”

“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.”

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

Justice Barrett said afterwards: “A judge declares independence not only from the Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her.

“The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty: the rule of law must always control.”

The ceremony took place on the south lawn of the executive mansion, a month after a similar event to unveil Justice Barrett as the president’s nominee was linked to a Covid-19 outbreak that was followed by the president himself testing positive for the disease.

Who is Amy Coney Barrett?
Favoured by social conservatives due to record on issues like abortion and gay marriage

An originalist, which means interpreting US Constitution as authors intended, not moving with the time

Amy is devout Catholic, she lives in Indiana and has seven children, including two adopted from Haiti

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