30 November 2020,   03:44
Senate votes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

A divided Senate on Monday voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime term on the Supreme Court, capping a bitter fight over the partisan makeup of the judicial body, which has taken place in the middle of an unusually explosive presidential election.

The vote was 52-48 along largely partisan lines, with only Sen. Susan Collins of Maine breaking with Republicans to vote against the confirmation.

The 48-year-old judge’s elevation came just eight days before the final votes are cast in the contest between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. It provides conservatives with a 6-3 majority on the high court, including three Trump picks.

Later in the evening, Barrett took the first of two required oaths at an event at White House. The oath was administered by Justice Clarence Thomas. Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the second oath on Tuesday in a private ceremony.

Trump said at the event held on the White House South Lawn that it was a “momentous day for America”.