Chief Justice John Roberts Swears in Boehner’s staff

Jan 4, 2011 1:08pm

ABC's Ariane de Vogue reports:

Behind closed doors Chief Justice John Roberts swore in members of speaker designate John A. Boehner’s staff this morning during a private ceremony.

The Constitution requires all federal employees to take an oath to support the Constitution, but it’s not every day the oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the United States. Boehner invited Roberts to appear, and the speaker designee’s spokesman believes it could be the first time staff was sworn in by a Chief Justice.

Kathy Arberg, the Court’s public information officer says it is “not unusual” for the Chief to perform such a ceremony. Recently, he has sworn in various ambassadors, board members of the Legal Services Corporation  and the Architect of the Capitol. Roberts also swore President Barack Obama into office twice in January 2009. The first Roberts swearing-in of Obama was marred by a slip-up during the inauguration ceremony. He repeated the oath with Obama later in the Map Room.

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