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Politics The last Supreme Court nominee confirmed without bipartisan support never heard a single case

14:01  27 october  2020
14:01  27 october  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The US Senate has confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in a victory for President Donald Trump a week before the general election. The federal appeals court judge from Indiana fills the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon who died last month.

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Amy Coney Barrett became the newest Supreme Court justice Monday after a nighttime swearing-in ceremony on the White House lawn. Even before her first day on the bench, she is a nominee for the record books – only the fifth woman ever appointed to the Court, the first nominee appointed this close to an election, and the rare nominee to make public remarks after being sworn in.

Edwin M. Stanton looking at the camera: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in 1865. © Mathew Brady/Library of Congress Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in 1865.

One more thing: She’s the first Supreme Court nominee in 150 years to be confirmed in the Senate along a strict party-line vote, according to an analysis by the National Journal. Not even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted for President Trump’s other Supreme Court nominees, voted to confirm Barrett.

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The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest ranking judicial body in the United States. Established by Article III of the Constitution

Her confirmation cements the Supreme Court at a six-to-three Republican-appointed majority — possibly for years to come. And she could have major influence on upcoming rulings on health care as well as future challenges to abortion access and the results of the Nov.

The last time this happened was during another period when political parties were bitterly divided: Reconstruction.

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It’s a tangled story spanning three presidencies. First, Abraham Lincoln appointed attorney Edwin Stanton as his Secretary of War in 1862.

Stanton was kind of an annoying micromanager, which caused him to butt heads with Union generals and even Lincoln, but he oversaw the prosecution of the war with considerable skill. He was an honest man in corrupt times, and though he started his career as a Democrat, his increasing opposition to slavery led him ally himself with Radical Republicans on Capitol Hill, especially after Lincoln’s assassination.

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Lincoln’s successor, President Andrew Johnson, was a Democrat, a Southerner and a slave-owner. Stanton stayed on as his war secretary, but the two men despised one another.

Meanwhile, Republicans had an overwhelming majority in Congress after war, and they wanted to impose strict terms on defeated Confederates before they would be allowed back into the Union. Plus, they worked to limit Johnson’s power. During the Lincoln years, Congress had expanded the Supreme Court from nine to 10 seats.

Kamala Harris’s ‘little history lesson’ about Lincoln’s Supreme Court vacancy wasn’t exactly true Andrew Johnson wearing a suit and tie: A damaged glass negative of President Andrew Johnson. (Brady-Handy photograph collection/Library of Congress/AP) A damaged glass negative of President Andrew Johnson. (Brady-Handy photograph collection/Library of Congress/AP)

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Now they sought to decrease it to seven (by attrition) to prevent Johnson from appointing anyone. They also passed the Tenure of Office Act, over Johnson’s veto, limiting his power to remove civil officers from his own administration.

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The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat previously held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court .

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett poses for a photo on October 21 Though initially joined by two Republicans in support of delaying the confirmation —Sens. This was the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed to the court without a single vote from the minority party.

When Johnson tried to remove Stanton, he refused to leave, citing the Tenure of Office Act. The House voted overwhelmingly to impeach the president; he escaped removal at the subsequent Senate trial by a single vote. Stanton had no choice but to step down in May 1868.

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He wasn’t out of a job for long though. Union General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Johnson in the 1868 election. As soon as Grant took office in 1869, the Republican Congress decided to go back to nine justices, and, in an unprecedented move, a majority of the House and Senate signed a petition recommending Grant nominate Stanton. He did.

The vote to confirm Stanton – hated by the South, lauded in the North – went down along strict party lines, 46-11, on Dec. 20, 1869. Not a single Democrat supported him.

But Stanton had been struggling with asthma and other illnesses for several years, and before he could be sworn in, he died at 55 on Christmas Eve.

One Southern Democrat from Tennessee, apparently not feeling the spirit of the season, wrote in the Memphis Avalanche: “A president as mean and malignant as himself appointed him United States Supreme Court Judge. [But God] smote the unctuous scoundrel so that he died … Stanton the infamous is drinking molten iron, trading in pyrotechnics, and broiling in a heated furnace, and the people rejoice.”

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Fact check: There is no Sen. Rob Donaldson, so posts of his speech about Barrett are fake .
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