May 26th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Sessions reacts to Sotomayor nomination

Sen. Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement Tuesday on Sotomayor's nomination:

"The president's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court today is an important step in a constitutional process that includes the advice and consent of the Senate. I congratulate Ms. Sotomayor on her nomination.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee's role is to act on behalf of the American people to carefully scrutinize Ms. Sotomayor's qualifications, experience, and record. We will engage in a fair and thorough examination of Ms. Sotomayor's previous judicial opinions, speeches, and academic writings to determine if she has demonstrated the characteristics that great judges share: integrity, impartiality, legal expertise, and a deep and unwavering respect for the rule of law.

"Of primary importance, we must determine if Ms. Sotomayor understands that the proper role of a judge is to act as a neutral umpire of the law, calling balls and strikes fairly without regard to one's own personal preferences or political views.

"President Obama has stated his desire to have a full court seated at the start of its next term, a reasonable goal toward which the Judiciary Committee should responsibly and diligently move. But we must remember that a Supreme Court justice sits for a lifetime appointment, and the Senate hearing is the only opportunity for the American people to engage in the nomination process. Adequate preparation will take time. I will insist that, consistent with recent confirmation processes, every senator be accorded the opportunity to prepare, ask questions, and receive full and complete answers.

"I look forward to the coming months as we move forward with this process. As I told the president this morning, I will do all I can to ensure that Ms. Sotomayor receives a fair hearing before the Committee. I firmly believe that the American people deserve a full and thoughtful debate about the proper role of a judge in the American legal system, an issue that will be central to our review of Ms. Sotomayor's record."


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    Bruce, the left aren't the ones parading around in costumes having tea party's, and they aren't the ones capitulating to fat drug addict radio show hosts, now are they? You might like to think before you speak about "looney" because the Republicans currently have it stamped on their forehead.

    May 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    How did sessions get to be ranking member on this committee? He is a fascist racist even by Alabama standards.

    May 26, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. kyle from Ohio

    Bruce May 26th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

    Looney Left; Rightous Right ; The rest of US right in the center. Hoping for justice and the American way of LIFE.

    May 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. frank, pennsylvannia

    I hope the republicans will not continue to constitute a clog in the wheel of progress by using "delay tactics"! We know all your tricks!

    May 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. nom deplume, esq.

    Keep hurling it lefties. Your uninformed bile makes great fodder for the upcoming campaigns (political and otherwise).

    May 26, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. wmcauth07

    Interesting "previous CNN article" titles, "Latinos rejoice...";
    "Partisan...hearings...for Sotomayor." Seems the GOP is not happy just making blacks & whites disgusted w/ their antics. The dying, Party of "No" now wants to turn the largest voting block of Americans against them. Good job, Rush.
    Walt

    May 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Sandra, Atlanta

    Mr. Sessions:
    Making decisions based on personal beliefs and preferences as well as political associations didn't seem to be a problem with Scalia, Roberts, and Alito. Could it be because they are not considered 'activitist' judges if they agree with your point of view?

    May 26, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Mrs. AJS

    We will sit back and see what color the wall is going to be after this.
    I am sure the "Repugnicans" are going to be digging up all the dirt they can and slinging as much mud as possible. For some people, old habits die hard. This is going to be very interesting.

    May 26, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. SHIRLEY -SDL

    Does anybody believe that this man has a fair bone in his little body? I don't, judging by his previous words and actions.

    May 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. ds, USA

    He had his fingers crossed behind his back.

    May 26, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Will

    Bruce, NOBODY cares what you or your right wing buddies think, because YOU LOST! Try figuring out how to win an election before spouting off your nonsense.

    May 26, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. redleg

    Should have thought about fair umpring before accepting Alito. He as a disciplinary record of siting on cases involving his own direct financial interests.

    May 26, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Cubetap

    I hope Sen. Sessions and his Republican buddies attack Ms. Sotomayor with all of the partisan force that they can muster. Then, after they have alienated every Hispanic woman, Hispanics as a group, White women, Black men and women, Lesbians, gay men and many, many other men, they can walk away from the 2010 election wondering why the Republicans lost again.

    May 26, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Shorn

    "The Senate Judiciary Committee's role is to act on behalf of the American people to carefully scrutinize Ms. Sotomayor's qualifications, experience, and record. We will engage in a fair and thorough examination of Ms. Sotomayor's previous judicial opinions, speeches, and academic writings to determine if she has demonstrated the characteristics that great judges share: integrity, impartiality, legal expertise, and a deep and unwavering respect for the rule of law.

    I wonder why they skipped this work the last couple of times? Oh, now I remember.

    May 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. lovable liberal

    Read between the lines: They're going to try to filibuster.

    May 26, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. HAWK IN TEXAS

    The republicans are all ready against her. even though she was first nominated by bush senior. she has been confirmed by the senate twice. now they want to drag it out for months, why? because that would give them a 5 to three majority until she is confirmed. remember alito. no vetting on him, the repub's just wanted an up or down vote. Obama could have nominated jesus christ, and the republicans would be against him.

    May 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Kate in SW Fla

    Some have stated that this is a non-partisan and level-headed statement. Trust me, this is a taling point only. This guy is completely partisan and mean as a snake, second only to Coburn. The Republicans love that about him.

    May 26, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Mark Senak

    Neutral role of the judge? Tell that to Scalia.

    May 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Kevin B.

    Nice choice Mr Obama ,now lets all sit back and watch the GOP alienate the fastest growing segment of american voters in thier quest to keep anyone but a right wing zealot off of the supreme court.

    Go ahead keep digging your own grave republicans.

    May 26, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Tim

    And in the meantime, the Pentagon has acknowledged that 14% of released Gitmo detainees, those very detainees who were deemed the least risky to release amongst all detainees held at Gitmo, returned to the battlefield after their release.

    But don't worry, Obama has a plan.

    May 26, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Nathan,

    Translated, what Sessions is saying is that Sotomayer will have a tough time becasue she is a baby killer and loves immagration as well as soft being on crime and porn. Of course to the Republicans on the right these things are only bad if you get caught, which they're very good at.

    So read between the lines of conciliatory message from any Republican. They no they can't defeat Obama on this, nut they can sure distract from doing the governments business by making it a fight. Remember Clinton.

    May 26, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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