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BREAKING: Judge Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed To Supreme Court

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 on Monday evening to confirm the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was expected to perform Barrett’s swearing in and administer the official constitutional oath later Monday night, FOX News reported.

President Donald Trump told reporters at a rally in Lehigh, Pennsylvania earlier in the day that the celebration of new associate justice’s confirmation would not be a large affair but rather “just a very nice event.”

Critics have complained that Barrett’s confirmation give conservatives a super-majority on the country’s highest court.

Her successful appointment will mark the third successful nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by the 45th President of the United States in his first term, FOX News reported.

President Trump previously appointed Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court bench.

Democrats are outraged that Republicans have moved Barrett’s nomination forward despite their refusal to consider a nomination by former President Barack Obama during the final year of his second term, FOX News reported.

Recently-deceased Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg reportedly said on her death bed that it was her last wish that her replacement be appointed by the newly-elected President.

President Trump and Senate Republicans have brushed off complaints as hypocritical and pointed to the treatment Kavanaugh received during his controversial hearings.

Barrett, 46, is the youngest justice to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since Thomas was sworn in at the age of 43 in 1991, according to Politico.

She is originally from Louisiana, a graduate of Notre Dame University Law School, and she clerked for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

The newest Supreme Court justice also clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Business Insider reported.

Barrett later returned to Notre Dame as a professor, Politico reported.

She was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in October of 2017.

Barrett is considered a constitutional originalist who has, at times, criticized stare decisis, or the practice of relying on precedent, when those cases were in conflict with the Constitution, Politico reported.

It has been said that she embodies Scalia’s judicial philosophy of textualism, Business Insider reported.

She is Catholic and was grilled over her position on Roe v. Wade during four days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Barrett’s husband is Jesse Barret, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, according to Politico.

They have seven children together, including two children they adopted from Haiti.

Barrett was on the short list of potential nominees when President Trump nominated Kavanaugh, but the President reportedly said he was “saving her for Ginsburg,” Business Insider reported.

Some analysts predicted that Barrett wouldn’t be confirmed because U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) wouldn’t vote for her given her positions on abortion based on her Catholic faith.

However, Murkowski announced ahead of the vote that she would support Barrett’s nomination.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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