Judge Barrett, 48, who has seven children, will be the youngest member of the current court, his third wife, his sixth Catholic and his only lawyer outside the Ivy League. A graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she later taught, she has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since Mr. Trump appointed her in 2017 and became one of the preferred by curators. His Supreme Court appointment was Mr. Trump’s third, the largest any president has had in a single term since Richard M. Nixon, and significant credibility for Republican voters who care about justice.
In her own remarks Monday, Judge Barrett, whose black short-sleeved gown contrasted with the president’s heavy black overcoat on a crisp 55-degree evening, called the Senate’s swift approval a “rigorous confirmation process.” , a Democrats characterization. bitterly fought.
But she seemed determined to send the message that she wouldn’t just bid Mr. Trump, using the words “independent” or “independence” three times, even though he said explicitly that he wanted that. she is seated before the elections so that she can vote in the event of a legal dispute over the ballot.
“A judge declares her independence not only from Congress and the President, but also from private beliefs that might otherwise displace her,” Justice Barrett said after taking the oath. “The oath that I have solemnly taken this evening,” she added, “means to her heart that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do it independently of the two political branches and of my own. preferences.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans seemed to believe this, instead praising or condemning its confirmation as a victory for the Conservatives and a defeat for the Liberals. His replacement from Justice Ginsburg means the Conservative wing now controls the Supreme Court 6-3, heralding a new era of case law not just on the upcoming election, but on topical issues like abortion, gay rights and Healthcare.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of Mr. Trump’s outspoken allies, taunted Hillary Clinton, who lost to Mr. Trump in 2016, after the evening vote in the Senate.