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[WATCH] Amy Coney Barrett Sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House

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The Senate voted on Monday evening to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52-48, mostly along party lines, fulfilling President Trump’s vow to nominate originalist judges to the nation’s highest court. She was ceremonially sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas tonight at the White House. On Tuesday, Barrett will become an official member of the Court when she is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

While President Trump deserves a great deal of credit for nominating and sticking by Barrett amid harsh criticism from the left (and a few members of his own party!), Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also ought to be applauded for successfully shepherding the nomination through the Senate. President Trump thanked both men for their leadership ahead of Barrett’s swearing-in.

Trump noted that Barrett is the first Supreme Court Justice who has school-aged children and said her family “has captured America’s heart.” He touted her academic record, her accomplishments, and her “sterling character.”

Just before the ceremony began, the Senate Judiciary Committee wished failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a Happy Birthday:

After she was sworn in, Barret said a few words to the crowd gathered on the White House lawn. “The oath that I have solemnly taken means, at its core, that I will do my job without any fear or favor and I will do so apart from and independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences,” she vowed. “I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes and I will devote myself to preserving it.”

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