Trump celebrates at White House as his Supreme Court nominee confirmed

The US President Donald Trump reveled in one of his signature achievements on Monday at a White House ceremony to celebrate the Senate confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, eight days before the election, Reuters reported.

The made-for-TV prime-time event on the White House lawn mirrored one a month ago, when Barrett’s nomination was announced, which preceded a coronavirus outbreak among top Republicans including Trump himself. It came little more than an hour after the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Barrett to the lifetime appointment on a 52-48 vote, with Democrats unified in opposition. Her confirmation as successor to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month, creates a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court. One Republican, Susan Collins, voted against the confirmation.

Trump, who has been touting the appointment at campaign rallies to the cheers of his supporters, had pressed the Senate to confirm Barrett, 48, before the presidential election. No Supreme Court justice had ever been confirmed so close to a presidential election. “The Barrett family has captured America’s heart. It is highly fitting that Justice Barrett fills the seat of a true pioneer for women, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Trump said with a smiling Barrett at his side.

In brief remarks, Barrett declared her independence from Trump and the political process even as the president stood behind her. “The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core I will do the job without fear or favor and do it independently of the political branches and of my own preferences,” she said.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the separate judicial oath at the court on Tuesday.


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