Transcript for Hundreds gather at White House for Supreme Court confirmation
Last night at the white house the swearing in of new supreme court justice Amy coney Barrett before a large socially distanced crude in masks that did echo to some degree her nomination one month ago which turned out to be a superspreader event. Not masks in evidence that time. Barrett locks in a solid conservative majority on the court. Cecilia Vega starts us off. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning. This is being called a do-over of that superspreader event. Precautions in place this time around but overnight hundreds of people gathered there at the white house. This as this pandemic rages on, even cases inside the white house itself but still president trump who loves a good TV production got exactly that overnight with exactly one week to go until election day. Even amid a second white house coronavirus outbreak, hundreds gathering overnight to witness judge Amy coney Barrett sworn in as a supreme court justice. I, Amy coney Barrett, do solemnly swear. Reporter: The guests socially distant on the south lawn for the first time at a white house event masks required for all in attendance one in close proximity to the president was test add head of time. The first lady and I welcome you to bear witness to history. Reporter: Just a week before election day and struggling in the polls, president trump relishinhe made for TV photo-op. Senate Republicans delivering the victory at lightning speed. Maine's Susan Collins the only to join Democrats in on interception. The move locking in a 6-3 conservative majority on the nation highest court for years to come. Barrett now becomes the fifth woman on the bench and starting later today she will be in position to immediately hear cases including the future of health care and even the presidential election. Overnight Barrett promising to remain impartial. A judge declares Independence, not only from congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her. Reporter: But her confirmation cements Washington's bitter partisan divide. Democrats accusing Republicans of hypocrisy after they blocked president Obama's nomination of judge Merrick Garland eight months before the 2016 election claiming it was too close to election day. And now as more than 64 million people have already cast their ballots, no justice in history has ever been confirmed this close to a presidential election. Barrett's rose garden announcement considered a superspreader event last month. More than a dozen in attendance later testing positive for the virus including the president and first lady. With five members of his inner circle contracting covid-19 recently vice president Mike pence not there this time around, but democratic rival Joe Biden blasting the entire event as irresponsible. There's a lot of things we can be doing having massive crowds but the fact is that it's just not appropriate now. Reporter: Now, again, Barrett could be hearing some huge cases coming up. Let me give you a few of them. The election, affordable care act, abortion, lgbtq rights, immigration, the release of the president's financial record, all of those could come before the court soon. President trump, no president since Richard Nixon has had this many supreme court appointments in a single term and this is a conservative majority on the court now locks in this legacy for president trump. This is a huge part of his Could be for decades. Cecilia Vega, thanks very much.
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