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Sessions Responds to Scheduled Hearing Date for SG Elena Kagan
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following comments today regarding the decision of Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to schedule Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination hearing for June 28th:
“Chairman Leahy and I met yesterday afternoon to discuss his plans for scheduling the hearings on Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It was a good meeting, and I appreciate the Chairman taking the time to hear my views and those of my Republican colleagues on the Committee.
“I expressed the strong view at our meeting that we should conduct the hearings after the 4th of July recess. This would give the Committee adequate time to review Ms. Kagan’s record and to prepare for the hearings—including a careful review of the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents we expect to receive from the Clinton Library pursuant to yesterday’s bipartisan request. It is the Chairman’s prerogative, however, to set the hearing date and he has chosen to begin on June 28th.
“At this time, it remains to be seen whether the schedule set by the Chairman will be adequate to allow us to meet our important constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review Ms. Kagan’s record on behalf of the American people and to hold respectful and substantive hearings that reflect well on both our Committee and the entire Senate. Additionally, as I told Chairman Leahy, developments may occur during the course of such a review that simply require additional time—such as issues relating to document production or the need for more information connected with substantive controversies. If that is the case, we would be obligated to demand additional time.”
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