May 10th, 2010
01:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Kagan to continue Justice Department job – for now

Solicitor General Elena Kagan will continue to work for the Justice Department—for now.
Solicitor General Elena Kagan will continue to work for the Justice Department—for now.

Washington (CNN) - Solicitor General Elena Kagan may have been nominated for the Supreme Court on Monday, but she isn't done with her current job yet.

"She will continue to work on matters with which she has been dealing, but will not participate in any new matters," a senior government official familiar with Kagan's plans told CNN.

As solicitor general, Kagan, among other things, helps prepare legal briefs for cases the Justice Department argues before the Supreme Court.

Kagan is expected to abstain from participation in cases on which she has worked which may come before the high court next term, the official said.

Kagan's boss at the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder, attended Monday's White House news conference in which Kagan was nominated.

Holder strongly supported Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, according to an administration source familiar with the selection process.


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  1. Barbara

    So we have another Dem. with no experiance join the club. the President has no experience and most of the people he has nominated have no experiance, I guess he is more confortable with a bunch of dummys.

    May 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    This woman has no judicial experience. Just another ivy league rich kid picked by another rich ivy league rich kid. Obama is good at picking his friends from the past and putting them in a position that will effect our lives.

    May 10, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Barry

    This President has once again taken the easy road instead of doing the right thing and nominating a more liberal candidate who might be able to move the court away from the ultra right-wing stance the Roberts court has taken. No matter what his theatrical admonishments of the current court, Obama is a coward who will alwyas do the easy thing rather than fight for the best interest of the American public.

    I an a lifelong democrat who will joing the chant of "one and done."

    May 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Dave

    I wonder what transpired between her and Obama back in the day when the were at the University together. I say that because so far, he has not appointed anyone who he didn't "owe."

    Even worse, he has not appointed anyone or surrounded himself with anyone who isn't grossly underqualified. ALL his advisors on economics, finance, foreign policy, etc... are all "book smart" in their ideologies. None of them have real world experience.

    She fits right in having never served in courrt

    May 10, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. A Brick in A Wall of Gridlock

    The President's next selection to this important post should be a late 30s attorney ... an African American or an Asian... and just before the end of his 2nd term, the President should name this person to the Federal Judiciary.

    That would make them the odds on favorite to be the next Supreme Court Justice to be nominated by the Democratic Party.

    For those that say what about "white men" I say .... if you care so much about white men then I'll expect you to speak out on behalf of the countless number of white male appointees that the President has named to the courts and other key positions but whom have been stalled by the GOP.

    White males still dominate the Federal Judiciary and as the President seeks to add more, the PARTY of NO stands in the way.

    May 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Is there any reason why all Supreme Court nominees must have Ivy League educations. How about some diversity with people from other parts of the country?

    May 10, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    Who will be the new SG?

    May 10, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Ed

    Yes, but when did he have his operation to become a she? The fact that this is being hidden means they are all traitors. They can not speak the truth while trying to impose their lies.

    May 10, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |