May 19th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
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Kagan hearings to begin at end of June

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says hearing for Kagan will begin on June 28.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says hearing for Kagan will begin on June 28.

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on June 28, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, announced Wednesday.

"There is no reason to unduly delay consideration of this nomination," said Leahy, the committee's chairman. He asserted that the start date is "a reasonable schedule that is in line with past practice."

Last year, he noted, "we proceeded with the hearing on the nomination of Justice (Sonia) Sotomayor 48 days after she was designated. Senate Republicans said that hearing was fair, and was conducted fairly. This year, I am scheduling the hearing to start 49 days after the nomination was announced."

President Barack Obama nominated Kagan on May 10 to fill the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement last month after 34 years on the high court. Kagan currently serves as the Justice Department's solicitor general.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the committee's top Republican, noted that he had asked Leahy to delay the start of the hearings until after the congressional July Fourth recess.

"This would give the committee adequate time to review Ms. Kagan's record and to prepare for the hearings - including a careful review of the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents we expect to receive," he said.

Sessions warned that "it remains to be seen" whether Leahy's schedule "will be adequate to allow us to meet our important constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review Ms. Kagan's record ... and to hold respectful and substantive hearings."

Sessions said he has told Leahy that "developments may occur during the course of such a review that simply require additional time."

Senators are currently reviewing Kagan's several-hundred-page response to the Judiciary Committee's bipartisan questionnaire, a document used to explore every high court nominee's academic, legal, and financial record, among other things.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Thomas Koshy

    Elena Kagan is the best choice for the job.I am sure the Senators on both sides of the aisle will play their normal typical game.I have watched how democrats tried to destroy Justice Clarence Thomas during the confirmation and then senator Obama(now president)did his best to upset Chief Justice John Roberts confirmation and voted against his confirmation.Niether side can claim to be Angels.Both are equally bad.Good luck to Elena Kagan,the next supreme court justice.

    May 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Maybe Inhoufe or some other gutless republican senator will stop the hearings.

    May 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Albert R. Killackey

    First question

    What answer below best describes a federal civil officer acting under color of authority to aid foreign corporations to influence our lawmaking and elections with unlimited cash bribes?

    1. Traitor.

    2. Conspirator.

    3. Corporate loyalist.

    4. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito

    5. All the above.

    If Kagan is truthful she will answer corectly, "5, All of the above"

    May 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. A.B.

    I think that Elena Kagen is a very "gifted" and competent lawyer who will be confirmed by the Senate, barring any missteps or unexpected revelations about her personal or professional life. I feel that she needs to clarify her position on civil rights and on affirmative action. I look forward to the June Committee hearings on her nomination.

    May 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Illinois 2

    This woman is a rubber stamp for Obama and should not be confirmed by either party.

    May 19, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. MsMHS

    Why don't we know something about this woman's family? What's the deal with the White House not allowing her brother's class to be witnessed by NY reporter? Something is fishy here and it stinks!!!!

    May 19, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Checkmate ... GrandMaster Obama

    President Obama has selected someone with GREAT CREDENTIALS that can not be rejected by the Republicans.

    Having sat at the knee of one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices ever ... Thurgood Marshall ... Ms. Kagan has experience that few prior justices can match. Clerks do a lot of heavy lifting ... reading briefs ... researching cases ... writting 1st drafts of Supreme Court opinions and/or dissents.

    This nomination can not be stopped. The GOP should not waste the country's valuable time fighting it.

    May 19, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. A Winning Game Plan

    By naming Kagan, a 3rd, highly qualified woman to the court, President Obama has made it more likely that ... after his two terms .... a Democrat will succeed him.

    This will have the effect of positioning a Democratic President to name replacements for conservatives Scalia and Thomas both of whom are in their 60's.

    May 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Duck Fallas

    Some day, I'm gonna be a lawyer..no, Harvard Law School Dean..er SUPREME COURT JUSTICE! Yeah, that's the ticket.. with my girlfriend, Morgan Fairchild, by my side.

    May 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |