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Sessions Responds to Unearthed Kagan Memos from Time as SCOTUS Clerk
Friday, June 4, 2010
“From issues such as guns to abortion to crime control, Kagan’s memos unambiguously express a leftist philosophy and an approach to the law that seems more concerned with achieving a desired social result than fairly following the Constitution.”
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today commented on recently discovered memos authored by Elena Kagan during her time as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall:
“The newly unearthed memos reveal not only Ms. Kagan’s strong liberal views, but a willingness to bring those views into the courthouse—shaping and even replacing legal judgment. From issues such as guns to abortion to crime control, Kagan’s memos unambiguously express a leftist philosophy and an approach to the law that seems more concerned with achieving a desired social result than fairly following the Constitution. Ms. Kagan has never been a judge, and only briefly practiced law—spending far more time as a liberal advocate than a legal practitioner. Given this thin legal resume, her candid memos as a Supreme Court clerk arguably provide some of the best insight into how she would rule as a Supreme Court Justice. These troubling memos have to be carefully examined, and it is now doubly important that the White House fully produce the overdue documents from the Clinton Library in order to shed further light on the philosophy Ms. Kagan would bring to the bench.”
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