June 10th, 2009
10:14 PM ET
13 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. Scott L

    Why is CNN not covering Letterman's outrageous remarks about Sarah Palin's daughter being knocked up by Alex Rodriguez? Don't they care about him making rape jokes about a 14 year old??

    Crazy how tolerant liberals are.

    June 10, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Pepper Hanrahan

    Nice stall for time on the GOP's part.

    Can't be considered legit unless every member of the committee made the request.

    June 10, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Obama - NOPE

    We don't need bigots like Sotomayor on the Supreme Court.

    June 10, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. William

    Hey republicans! If you do not know much from her answers, then why don't you ask her about that at the hearing. Or do you just want to tpose in front of the cameras for your time allotted.

    June 10, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. barking republican ankle biters

    The republicans are not only dragging their feet,they are dragging their knuckles as usual.

    June 10, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. makesUwonder

    Get ready............the Republicans asking for more information will be called "racist". That's always the number one word picked by the far left. It's to the point that if these "white" Republicans asked Sonia Sotomayor what she had for lunch, our far left friends would call them "racist".

    June 10, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. elana

    The Republicans are a BIG embarrassment to our Country! The Bush Administration was filled with corruption, and therefore they are trying desperately to find "just one little flaw" in Sotomayor so they can throw the book at her! If they only could use common sense and realize this kind of behavior is doing absolutely NOTHING for the party!! And to top it all off, the pundits are now charaterizing the GOP as a bunch of "old bald-headed men"!! HA

    June 10, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. m smith

    they will dragthis out as long as they can for no other reason than they can and have nothing new to add and will waste as much of the congesses time as they can.

    June 10, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Kate in SW Fla

    She was confirmed by the Senate in 1998. How long can it take to review 10 additional years of work? Let me be clear: as a woman, I can assure the Republicans, I WILL NOT FORGET THIS OUTRAGE!!!!!!

    June 10, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. Don

    Those crazy Republicans. They just can't let go can they?

    June 10, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    I think the committee should take their time. I would not go after the 'all woman's organization' though...We all know until very recently the only real support a woman had was in the organizations for woman (actually that may be even so today). Why would the Yale stuff be viable..that was long before her career took off...when she was exploring her own views on lawyering? Other than looking for radical ties, I can't see that purpose either.

    June 10, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. Brandi

    Republicans are so... Honestly, this is not 1980. You lost! Get over it...it's time for change and if you can't accept that then its best you stay at home, sit in your rockers and wither away like most antiquated things in this world

    June 10, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Bill

    Oh...I'm tired. Everyday, it seems the Republicans have a problem with something that is supported by the Democrats. Most tiring, I wish they look towards history before they launch their assult. Records show that almost all candidates do not have all availabile files and sound answers once they submit the questionnaire. As for the hearing rush...really? Compare to the past judges, her timeline is average.

    I love a good, healthy debate. But come on...this is it? I would gather up all remaining Republicans and have them spend time to plan their debates on health care and a sound alternative plan That is a worthwhile debate, and healthy for the country. Is that too much to ask?

    June 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. Ernie in LA

    This woman looks like a old ugly drag queen. She needs to stay off the booze, her eyes are too puffy.

    June 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. Evelyn

    Here we go! The most experienced Judge to sit in this court and the Republicans are going to run her through the ringer, have they no shame! The American people spoke when they elected Obama but they just don't get it...oh, but they will on election day!

    June 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. Alan in Marietta

    Let the games begin!

    June 10, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Jeb

    Maybe make her a CZAR instead, we need more of them, she will be able to help usurp the checks and balances that way too

    June 10, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. fine ask questions but move it along

    there is nothing to drag your feet about

    June 10, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. zen guerrilla

    if the democrats demanded the same of a judge nominated by a republican president... limbaugh, hannity and all the other bile spewing talking heads would go beserk. of course, they'll just say that this is absolutely fair and about "truth seeking". excuse me while i go clean up all the vomit.

    June 10, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. Art Michaelson

    Why did not the REPUBLICANS impose the same (harassing) standards to Clearance Thimas probably one on the worst Supreme Court appoinments in recent history
    Little wonder that Judge Thomas had the lowest rating by the American Bar Association and only got through the SENATE by a few votes.

    June 10, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. JDB

    She's already been through the confirmation process twice. They should only have to review the last ten years or so. This is nothing but stall tactics, or the repubs are dumber than I thought they were. I've seen more maturity from jr. high students.

    The republicans are like the neighborhood dog that yaps all night long – at first they're downright annoying, but, after a while you don't even hear them anymore.

    June 10, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. JonDie

    Typical Republican Bologna. Let's get the hearings started. The country needs to move forward no matter how badly Republcans want to stall or move the country backward.

    June 10, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. alvino

    The party of "NO!" continues to dazzle us with their ineptness. No wonder 1/3 of the shrinking GOP do not like the direction their party has taken.

    June 10, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. WDM

    It is obvious that the tone of this request shows anything but the respect that the GOP has said Ms Sotomayor would receive from their ranks. I hope that Hispanics across the country are taking note of this hostility from the GOP. The GOP is becoming an obstructionist party that only speaks for the right wing fringe of this country!

    June 10, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. xargaw

    The GOP has Norm Coleman syndrome. They want to drag this out into 2016. Everything they have done since Obama won the election has been to obstruct, regardless of the merits. As a Party, they certainly have put "country last." It is shameful to watch these selfish, self serving men act like spoiled little boys. Not a grown up patriot in the bunch.

    June 10, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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