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Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court

Enough Republican U.S. senators voted on Monday to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, with the White House planning a celebratory event afterward.

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court

While Democrats have fiercely opposed the conservative jurist’s nomination, Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a 53-47 Senate advantage and had reached enough votes to confirm as voting continued.

The tally is shown as the U.S. Senate votes on the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S, October 26, 2020. U.S. Senate TV/Handout via REUTERS.

The ceremony planned at the White House comes a month after a similar event was linked to a COVID-19 outbreak that preceded Trump’s own infection.

At the ceremony, conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will administer one of the two oaths of office that justices have to take, according to a White House official. Justices also take a separate judicial oath, usually at the court itself. The court has not yet announced details.

Trump pressed the Senate to confirm Barrett before the Nov. 3 election, which would create a 6-3 conservative majority on the top U.S. judicial body.

An activist supporting the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court holds up a sign at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Republican majority was “lighting its credibility on fire” by proceeding with the vote so close to the election after blocking Democratic President Barack Obama’s election-year nominee in 2016.

“The truth is this nomination is part of a decades-long effort to tilt the judiciary to the far right,” he added.

Activists opposed to and supporting the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended Barrett’s nomination.

“We don’t have any doubt, do we, that if the shoe was on the other foot, they’d be confirming,” McConnell said. “You can’t win them all, and elections have consequences.”

Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is Trump’s third selection for the court, enabling him to remake it in dramatic fashion as part of his success in moving the broader federal judiciary to the right since taking office in 2017.

Reuters

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