May 27th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
9 years ago

Sessions: 'There are some troubling things' in Sotomayor's record

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."

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. mike

    @J.P. May 27th, 2009 11:58 am ET

    you're right, because it is soooo true. I'll take it one step further, You are a bunch of sore losing racists.

    May 27, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Why do the repugnicans leave out the fact the Judge Sotomayor sided on the side of the New Haven people? There stepping into dangerous territory trying to make her out to be some far left-wing extremist, especially when her record show that she's sided with her republican counterpart about 95% of the time when decisions were made across a panel.

    Not to mention there are no truly radical decisions she's made as a judge. The Obama people did there homework on this one... If it’s a fight the right wants, I would tell them to reconsider.

    May 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. mw

    there have been some troubling things about the repugs for at least the last 8 years. cheny, rush, ann, sean, laura all remain troubling.
    unfairness, premature judgement. racism, gop rhetoric, old white man greed-–the world is troubling. Judge Sotomayor will make things better.

    May 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Larry S

    Well, BO continues with his plan to change America . . . we now see what the change means . . . the only reason for the change is to help provide BO some more kissing from the left . . . when will BO lower his nose from being so high in the air? Or am I the only person that always sees him with his nose so high up . . . it does come down when he is continually reading the prompters.

    May 27, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Polar Bears Against Palin

    No Larry. You need to worry about the Right. Not the Left. Your side is out because all you stand for is abuse of power, illegal wars, torture, deregulation and giving rich people all the tax breaks. Worry about that instead.

    May 27, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. AJB

    And there's some troubling things in Mr. Sessions record also – why was he passed over for an SC appointment? Google it folks – racism rears it's ugly head in the form of mr sessions.

    May 27, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    The only thing troubling that the Republicans find at fault
    with this nomination is she doesn't have white hair and speak
    with a southern drawl.

    May 27, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Reformed Republican

    Sessions, like most of the reps elected to office these days, were born in the wrong time in American history.
    They belong in the days of the Salem witch hunts because they are always on one no matter who or what the dems put on the table.
    These dusty, old, rich, dixie white men really have their knickers in a knot over the fact that Sotomayor is a woman, catholic, hispanic, really, really smart and Obama nominated her. Let the obstructionist fear mongering, smearing, mocking and lying begin...

    May 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Enough

    Why is racism ok as long as it is against WHITES? Racism is wrong, but Sotomayor has already shown her racist side by her decision. Do you need to clean your glasses and read her statement again?

    May 27, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    Sessions the are multitudes of things troubling in your time in office too.go soak your head.

    May 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. JT

    Sessions' alignment with the kkk is more than troubling. Google it.

    May 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    carlos May 27th, 2009 11:58 am ET

    go ahead gop and CONservatives….we latinos will stick together and you'll be…….well….you'll be….hehehehe
    Gosh, I'm hoping you'll make your point. Is this some sort of threat?

    May 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. P from CA

    I think Sotomayor will get as fair a confirmation from Sessions as the Jews did with Hitler. The all white GOP has gone so far right they are dangerous.

    May 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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