Colorado Leaders React To Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Katie Johnston reports.

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KATIE JOHNSTON: Amy Cody Barrett is officially confirmed to the Supreme Court. It happened late Monday with Justice Clarence Thomas administering the constitutional oath. It was a contentious fight obvious through statements by leaders across the country on local levels, too in Colorado.

Colorado's Republican Senator Cory Gardner issued a statement saying in part, quote, "Today, I was proud to vote to confirm this exceptionally qualified jurist who respects the proper role of the Judiciary, and I look forward to her service to our country on the US Supreme Court."

Colorado's Democratic Senator Michael Bennet said in part, quote, "This confirmation process was never a debate. It was always a demonstration of what the majority can get away with. My hope is that we can mark this as a moment that the American people say enough and begin to reclaim their exercise in self-government."

According to information provided by the Senate Historical Office no other Supreme Court Justice has been confirmed on a recorded vote with no support from the minority party in the last 150 years. Katie Johnston covering Colorado first.