June 10th, 2009
10:14 PM ET
14 years ago

Republicans write letter to Sotomayor, ask for more information

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - As time ticks down to July 13 - the recently announced date for the start of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings - Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking Sotomayor for more information about her lengthy legal career that includes almost two decades on the federal bench.

A letter to Sotomayor signed by every Republican on the committee and dated Wednesday states that committee staff "have noted a number of apparent omissions" in the materials Sotomayor recently submitted.

"In addition, we believe that some of your responses are incomplete," the letter also says. The seven Republican senators ask Sotomayor to "revisit the questionnaire and provide another supplement as soon as possible." Alternatively, "[i]f you believe that your questionnaire is fully responsive, we would appreciate an explanation to that effect," the Republicans tell Sotomayor.

Read: The Republicans' letter to Sotomayor

Among other things, the letter asks Sotomayor to provide copies of materials she edited while at Yale Law School, to explain why an all-female organization that she belongs to does not violate the federal courts' Code of Judicial Conduct, and to provide more information about nearly 200 speeches, remarks, or lectures she has given.

The letter comes on the same day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the chamber to criticize Senate Democrats for setting the start of Sotomayor's confirmation hearings in just over a month from now.

"They want the shortest confirmation timeline in recent memory for someone with the longest record in recent memory," McConnell said. "This violates basic standards of fairness and it prevents senators from carrying out one of their most solemn duties, a thorough review of the president's nominee to a lifetime position on the highest court in the land."

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. LouAz

    She was unanimously approved 10 years ago for the Federal Bench by the Repubs at that time. The Repubs now should stick to what she has done on the Appeals Court, and get on with it. This is childish harrassment by the Flat Eart Party.

    June 11, 2009 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  2. Aspen Professor

    1 ... 2 ... 3 and away they go! The Repubs will shoot themself in the foot every time. They will lie, cheat, stall, and do everything possible to block an Obama appointee.

    Fortunately, there will be an equal and well earned response in 2010 as the Latino community will vote as Democrates to send a message to the silly Repubs. Will the Repubs ever learn?

    What's next? Cheney for President?

    June 11, 2009 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  3. hypocrites_are_everywhere

    Mark my words...

    The GOP "WILL" confirm Sotomayor (You have no choice, dummies!). If you like pain and misery, then drag out the confirmation process!

    Suck it up and cling to your guns & religion, at least, the next 7 years! You'll feel better!

    - From someone who voted for Reagan!

    June 11, 2009 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Remember this is the new Republican party.....

    June 11, 2009 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    They want thing she edited at law school 20 years ago? How about demanding Sarah Palin provide copies of all her term papers while working her way through junior college?

    June 11, 2009 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  6. Mary the Democrat

    Hmm......they all sound like reasonable requests.

    Good for them and good for her!

    June 11, 2009 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  7. McEmtol

    The party of NO....even if she write more and more volumes, they will still find it inconclusive or omissive or incomplete or .....

    June 11, 2009 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    "Um, Hi Sonia, it's the Republicans. We couldn't find any fault in the documents you gave us and that one out of context comment from a lecture you gave several years ago didn't generate as much backlash as we'd hoped, so we were wondering if you wouldn't mind giving us some info on what you did during the summer between 7th and 8th grade so we can see if we can dig something up about how you smoked a cigarette at camp or maybe took a sip of Boone's Farm Apple wine around at a beach party or something. That way we can delay your inevitable nomination to the Supreme Court for about oh, say, eleven seconds or so. Seriously, we're that desperate. Can you help us out? Thanks."

    June 11, 2009 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  9. Maria Rios

    Keep drilling guys. You had my vote but your I am seriously turned off my all the shenanigans. You need to learn to pick and choose your battles and this is one battle that will have serious consequences with the Hispanic vote.

    June 11, 2009 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  10. Chickenfoot

    The entire Republican Party are the laughing stock of the world...45 days is the average time between selection and confirmation hearings start...They have 48 days...What is their problem????

    They want to divide the number of cases she had heard some 3800 by 6 which and they want some 633 days of hearings..Because that is how they arrived at Roberts confirmation...some 55 days..Some 330 cases in his two years on the federal bench.

    I cant wait until the next election to throw even more of these lugnuts out on their ear...

    They are a joke...They are nuttier than a fruit cake..

    June 11, 2009 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  11. Moe NY

    Out side of being a Nazi, the worst thing I can think of in this day and age is being a Republican/Conservative. What more information do they want from this lady...her kindergarten records? Pure obstrucionist tactics as far as I am concerned.

    June 11, 2009 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  12. B. Burnett

    Wasn't she at Yale Law School some 30 years ago? And they want her to furnish copies of stuff she edited in the 1970's? Plus more details on some 190 lectures and speeches over the last 20-25 years? No dental records from kindergarten, or essays from grade school?

    Like there isn't half a library of materials already available from her 30-year career for these poseurs to sift through, as if they were sincere about objectively evaluating her qualifications.

    I suspect that not one of these Republicans on the committee would hold public office or be allowed within 100 miles of our nation's Capital if their own backgrounds were similarly revealed.

    June 11, 2009 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  13. jack

    That's right Republicans, go ahead and pick on and woman. A Hispanic woman. A woman with an Ivy League pedigree. A woman who over came poverty to earn that education. And yes, she does bring a different point of view ( "the Hispanic woman vs. the Crusty old white guy." remark)
    so please get your big club and start pounding on her reputation. Just forget about the fact that you need women voters. Oh! and guess which minority is the largest growing group in the country? Here's a clue. H I S P A N I C . Did I have to spell out each letter for you to get it. This is another group you desperatly need to grow in the future. But then again these groups may not be to your base's liking. Great! That's good for us, the party of reason. Not the party of NO! NO! NO! & hate, hate, hate.

    June 11, 2009 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  14. Ken, Vail, AZ

    This is just another GOP political game, which everyone sees through. Her record on the federal bench provides enough information for even the dumbest republican to make an informed decision about her qualifications to servew on the Supreme Court.

    June 11, 2009 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  15. ThinkAboutIt

    All the Senators have to do is take a break from fund raising and going on weekend talk shows and do a little reading (or have their trusted staff read it and bring them the Cliff's Notes).

    This isn't rocket science; it's reading!

    Sure, the Senators should be aware of the nominee and review her opinions, etc. – that's the gig. I'm in complete support of that. But they should just shut up and do it already!

    June 11, 2009 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  16. John K

    My God, they are just pathetic. They know how inflame their vile little base.

    June 11, 2009 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
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