Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court in Trump pre-election triumph

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The US Senate confirmed conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court's newest justice on Monday.
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Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court in Trump pre-election triumph
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In this file photo taken on October 21, 2020, Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett poses for a photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

The US Senate confirmed conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court's newest justice on Monday, delivering a landmark and controversial win for President Donald Trump just eight days before the election.

The deeply divided chamber voted 52 to 48, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate, making Barrett the third Trump nominee to reach the high court and cementing a 6-to-3 conservative majority.

Republican lawmakers broke into applause as the tally was read out, and the White House is also expected to celebrate the confirmation in the final run-up to the November 3 election, in which more than 60 million Americans have already voted.

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