May 10th, 2010
01:26 PM ET
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GOP Senator says hearings could conclude by August

Sen. Jeff Sessions said Monday that Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings could wrap up by early August.
Sen. Jeff Sessions said Monday that Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings could wrap up by early August.

Washington (CNN) - Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Monday that Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings could wrap up by early August, but noted the timing depends on the White House's willingness to work with the GOP.

"The president asked us to try to finish by the August recess," Sessions said in an interview with CNN. "I think that's a good goal and that's achievable. We will do our best to be ready. But if they won't produce documents that should be produced and things get delayed or unexpected developments occur you could need more time. But I would think we should be able to complete it be then."

Sessions also said he doesn't think there is a need for the hearings to begin prior to the July 4 congressional recess.

"We will see when the hearing dates get set, but I don't think they need to get set before the recess," he said. "That will give more time to be prepared and conduct a good hearing."


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Lou Workman

    Jeff Sessions is Alabama's Junior senator and is desperate for some press. He will do and/or say anything to get his name in front of the media. He still thinks the Republicans won the last Presidential election.
    Please don't judge all Alabamians by this joker.

    May 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. jim atmadison

    The GOPers will use the SCOTUS hearings to hold other needed legislation hostage. Then they'll use the other legislation as an excuse to hold up the SCOTUS hearings. I'm so tired of these guys.

    May 10, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Wisconsinite

    Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Monday that Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings could wrap up by early August, but noted the timing depends on the White House's willingness to work with the GOP.

    Really?? And how much of it has to do with the GOPs willingness to work FOR the good of the country, Jeffie-boy????

    May 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Texan

    Why should it take 3 months to make a decision on Kagan? Since she's never been a judge, the Republicans are going nuts because they cant' label her as an "activist judge." The party of NO continues to bog down progress in Congress. They should be tossed out of DC and back to their trailers.

    May 10, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Libertarian

    I guess I will interpret "work with the GOP" to mean "if you don't give us something, you get more delays and stall tactics". How can the GOP still be holding 40+ administration positions hostage and plan on holding up this nomination indefinitely and then say they are "working for America". They are doing so much more damage than the current administration by waffling and sandbagging and lying.

    If they want to act like they are in grade school, I wish they would just take their ball and go home. America could progress without the idiotic delays.

    May 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. MoJo

    Here we go again. Jeff ("The Obstructor") Sessions is about to do his level best to foul things up again. Poor Jeffy has no clue about what to do and should be retired.

    May 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The sooner they can start the less of a problem there will be. Why should the Senate wait on this? Get it done now and move on to the stuff that should be done.

    May 10, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. normajean

    "The White Houses willingness to work with the GOP"? You guys have got to be kidding. Don't you have this just a little bit backward? Would you like to inumerate the times the GOP has worked WITH the White House in the last year and a half. Now, don't rush, take your time, I'm sure you'll think of something.

    May 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |