Amy Coney Barrett takes oath to join Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett is pledging to carry out her duties as a Supreme Court justice “without any fear or favor” toward government or her own beliefs. Barrett spoke after taking the first of two oaths that will allow her to join the high court. (Oct. 26)

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CLARENCE THOMAS: I do solemnly swear--

AMY CONEY BARRETT: I, Amy Coney Bennett, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States--

CLARENCE THOMAS: Against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God.

AMY CONEY BARRETT: So help me God.

[APPLAUSE]

DONALD TRUMP: This is a momentous day for America, for the United States Constitution, and for the fair and impartial rule of law. Justice Barrett, as you take your oath tonight, the legacy of our ancestors falls to you. The American people put their trust in you and their faith in you as you take up the task of defending our laws, our Constitution, and this country that we all love. We ask God to give you wisdom and courage. I know you will make us all very, very proud.

AMY CONEY BARRETT: The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means, at its core, that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences. I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it. Thank you.

[APPLAUSE]