In a ceremony with President Donald Trump at the White House, Amy Coney Barrett took her oath of office to become a Supreme Court justice. The ceremony was attended by Republican senators who played a role in pushing Barrett’s nomination through the Senate.
Barrett replaces the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats opposed her nomination fearing her conservative views would threaten decades of judicial precedent on women’s rights and civil rights.
“This was rigorous confirmation process,” said Barrett, adding she would seek to be a fair and independent judge.
“A judge declares independence, not only from Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her,” she said.
“The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty. The rule of law must always control,” she said.
Barrett’s appointment creates a 6-3 conservative majority on the nine-member high court.