WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday although he believes Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor should get a fair shake, that he already sees some "troubling things" about her.
"There are troubling things that are going to have to be inquired for us to do our job and let the American people know whoever is on the Supreme Court will be faithful to the law passed by the people in the United States," Sessions said in an interview on CNN's American Morning.
Sessions said he doesn't anticipate a filibuster unless there are "serious problems" and that he wants the Judiciary Committee to hold a good, fair and substantive hearing on her nomination.
"I committed that before we had the nominee that any nominee that came before the committee we were going to give a fair shake to," Sessions said. "We're not going to take advantage of them and misrepresent their records as has been done all too often in the past."
Sessions emphasized that a Supreme Court appointment lasts a lifetime, and that once a nominee is confirmed, "we can't even dock their pay."