Justice Clarence Thomas will give the oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a White House official said.


Justice Clarence Thomas will give the constitutional oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House on Monday night after she is officially confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate, a White House official said.

There is expected to be a ceremony honoring Judge Barrett after the vote, but Mr. Thomas will administer the official oath to her as she assumes her new role, the official said.

Judge Barrett chose Justice Thomas to swear her in partly because she admires his life story, but also because she clerked for the court while he was on the bench, an administration official said.

A ceremony for Judge Barrett is the type of event that President Trump has enjoyed hosting at the White House. But the prospect of an event with dozens of people has already raised questions, given that an outdoor event in her honor held on Sept. 26 has been associated with an outbreak of the coronavirus that impacted President Trump, the first lady, and a half-dozen aides and advisers.

It also comes at a time when Judge Barrett could end up hearing cases related to the 2020 election.



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