June 19th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
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E-mails show confident, brassy side to Kagan

About 11,000 e-mails from Kagan reveal an engaged, efficient -- but often outspoken and cynical -- lawyer and policy analyst.
About 11,000 e-mails from Kagan reveal an engaged, efficient - but often outspoken and cynical - lawyer and policy analyst.

Washington (CNN) – More old documents unveiled are offering more fresh signs that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was an eager, tough-talking political player while working as a lawyer in the Clinton White House.

In one e-mail, she criticizes one of President Bill Clinton's most important speeches as "presumptuous."

The latest and final batch of more than 80,000 pages - mostly e-mails– were released Friday by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. The 50-year-old Kagan was nominated to the high court May 10 by President Barack Obama, and her confirmation hearings begin June 28.

Some 160,000 pages of documents are being publicly disclosed from Kagan's four years in the Clinton White House. She was in the White House counsel's office in 1995 and 1996, and in the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) office from 1997 to 1999.

Papers from those stints have been released the past two Fridays, displaying a lawyer with a politically tuned, pragmatic approach to issues like abortion, gun control and tobacco regulation.

About 11,000 e-mails from Kagan reveal an engaged, efficient - but often outspoken and cynical - lawyer and policy analyst.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. ajax

    Expect more of the same as she sits on the Supreme Court !!!

    June 19, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Slider

    I don't care about her 'brassy side".

    What's at stake is her knowledge of the role of an associate justice, and the Constitution, therein.

    That, and the documents the Clinton library chose not to disclose.

    June 19, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Oh noes! She worked for the President and dared to criticizes him?
    How could she was not be fired on the spot?
    Oh, wait...
    It wasn't the previous POTUS, but the one before that...

    June 19, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    She sounds that she can be fair. Put her on the court. Maybe roberts can quit instead of having the job for life and we can have a real leader of the sotus.

    June 19, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    like her matter of fact attitude and think she will be a pluss on the bench.

    June 19, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. New Age Independant

    "cynical – lawyer and policy analyst. " Is this the type of person we want on the Supreme Court? Total Fail

    June 19, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. normajean

    She sounds like a "live wire', a real independent thinker to me. She could be a welcome addition to the Supreme Court. Since the courts decision on Corporations being the same thing as individuals as to donations, I'm not sure I trust this panel anyway.We hear so little about their decisions and the results of same that I welcome any change that might tend to open up what's going on with them. Pehaps this shows my naivete, but how can we find out what they are up to anyway?

    June 19, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. Senator

    Alito's twin on the left

    June 19, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Truth squad

    She actually called an intro prayer Presumptuous. And that the media had every right to come down on him.

    She was against a PRAYER but I guess that's not important.

    June 19, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |