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. Ed from the western slope of Colorado

    Repubs need to stuff it. They got their two nazis on the bench during the bush debacle.

    June 10, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. John

    I have a demand for senate Republicans:

    Grow up. Stop grandstanding. Accept the fact you lost.

    June 10, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |

    OK......I think we need more young men in both parties....I mean keep some of the older guys for wisdom, but alot of these geezers are relly making me wonder of case of deliriousness, and alzheimers.

    June 10, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  4. étranger

    Justices Roberts, Rehnquist, and Scalia––all Conservative Republican nominees––logged in 55 days, 49 days, and 42 days respectively between the time of nomination and confirmation. Republicans had no problem "rushing" to judgement on these choices, which precluded detailed exploration of Rehnquist's active and personal participation in suppressing minority voters and Roberts' rather dubious involvement in the 2000 Gore-Bush fiasco.

    We further note that the Conservative Republicans had absolutely no problem with Rehnquist's "identity politics," i.e. his writings in favour of Plessy v. Ferguson and the sequent Jim Crow, Apartheid American style.

    But suddenly, oh, suddenly the Republicans are now "concerned" about "identity politics" and invoke the fear of "rushing to judgement." Telling. Very telling...

    June 11, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. Alan

    If Sotomayor gets confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, then all three of our branches of government will be corrupt...and all hope for a government "for the people, by the people" will be thrown out of the window.

    June 11, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. John W. Parana

    I am a Democrat and from what has been made available about Judge Sotormayor, I feel she is a good judge but not up to the level of the Supreme Court! He opinion of making policy and her numerous speeches were she puts gender and race of one above another frightens me. Especially, since the White House said this was an isolated instance, in the beginning! The Supreme Court should have our brightest and best sitting on it not to meet so supposed demogaphical representation. They are all Americans and represent us regardless of race, gender and religion!

    June 11, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. Tim

    So, let me get this straight. Republicans were able to read, comprehend, and approve a several-thousand page Patriot Act almost literally in moments, but they can't make heads or tails of someone's track record in several weeks? Do we simply need smarter Republicans?

    June 11, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  8. Hope

    Get over it Cons, she will be confirmed.

    June 11, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. jim

    once again, the republicans show themselves to be the party of no.

    June 11, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. sux for gop

    I guess GOP just doesnt care about anything now

    June 11, 2009 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. iseecar

    I commend the senators for taking a stand in order to follow procedure in a proper manner. I would expect this for ANY confirmation hearing. Thank you for respresenting The People.

    June 11, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. grey fox

    Sad. They are desperately grasping at straws, hoping somehow to find something to toss some mud on...
    The GOP has descended to the lowest common denominator of irrelevance; they are literally just becoming potholes in the road. Those who I respect, like Lugar etc...are being marginalized by the inheritors of Newt's "my way or the highway" philosophy of governance. Because they fear offending the Latino vote, the GOP is frantic to get some other handle on attacking (just to attack) Sotomayer's nomination. It's no wonder that the last eight years produced such a stunning deficit, smothered civil liberties, two wars, and finally the financial debacle we are still wading through. Well, the Democrats are certainly not perfect, but I'll take them any day over this grumpy, dour group.

    June 11, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. BC


    Racism =The hatred of another race or other races.

    Judge Sotomayor may have been caught bragging about her self (3 times) but she is not a racist.

    The white supremacist with the anti-Semitic Website who stormed the Holocaust Museum with a shotgun and killed a black security guard is a racist.

    June 11, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. S. D. R.

    I was the Senior Articles Editor of a law review about 20 years ago; I certainly didn't keep copies of the materials I edited. The finished articles are available as published, but they weren't written by me (obviously) and I doubt that I or the authors could pinpoint now what changes I made or suggested.

    What possible help to the Committee would those materials be?

    In other words, that is a nonsensical request and makes the Committee look ridiculous.

    June 11, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    We will glading take all the latin voters since it is ovious that the Repubicans don't want them. 2012 President Obama!

    June 11, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  16. Vox Locus

    She was on the Yale Law Review. That's a law student run journal of cases and contributed articles by scholars, judges, and practicing attorneys.

    She probably had some input into every case / article published during her time there, even if that input was ONLY to vote on whether or not to publish it.

    Republicans looking for something, anything, to tear her down object that she didn't submit any "edited" writings from her term on the Law Revew.

    Petty, petty.

    That was about 30 years ago. She was a young law student. She should just submit every one of the Yale Law Review "magazines" during her term and say, "Here it is."

    What a sad joke on the Republic that these guys call themselves "Republic-an." They're just Republicant's

    June 11, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. Alex

    The Republicans are entitled to have ALL their questions answered but in the end, Judge Sotomayor will be confirmed and the Republicans would have just made more enemies along the way. Its just payback time but in the end the Republicans will just loose AGAIN! They need to learn patience and give Obama time to create his own messes such as unemployment reaching it's highest levels in over 25 years, not to mention an incredible national debt that he is largely responsible for.

    June 11, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. wycliffe

    Give them nothing because they wont even vote for your confirmation other than trash your record and reputable name that you have curved through out your life.

    June 11, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. RobertD

    So, the party that lost the '08 elections so whoppingly feels it has the right to make demands. Requesting information? That's one thing. Demanding it? That carries a completely different connotation, doesn't it?

    And you know what? Ms. Sotomayor will probably meet those demands. And it still won't be enough. She'll acquiesce. Republicans will say she's hiding something. She'll be civil. They'll call her a racist. She'll explain herself in detail. Republicans will say she's unqualified, that the groups she belongs to are exclusive and elitist (as if the tony brethren of Republicans are strangers to elitist, clubby organizations).

    Who speaks for the Republican party these days? Who is setting its agenda? Because Republicans seem to have no agenda other than smear-filled hate-speech, obstructionism and hypocrisy.

    June 11, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. tantef

    What? No request for her elementary school notes or for the work done on her high school yearbook?

    June 11, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  21. jerry

    This is becoming so predictable. Frustrated Republicraps can't hold back their hateful ways. Irony: bigots accusing her of being racist. Too bad they are incapable of learning anything. Despite getting clobbered at the polls they still believe they should run the country, not those who were elected. So they think maybe Obama ought to choose glowing lights like Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito?

    June 11, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. Jon

    She's another Obama stealth candidate

    June 11, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  23. Fed up in SC

    If there is any way to stop Obama from going ahead with this radical person please do so now. I fear she will just be an addition to all the woes we already face as Obama bing our president. He has got an ulterior motive for choosing her and she wil add to his next election campaighn. I wish we could impeach him now. He is destroying our country from withina dn she will only add to all the evil we face in some of the judges we now have.,

    June 11, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. ron

    OMG! Will they ever stop. For the love of god there are world issues to take care of.

    June 11, 2009 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. ron

    You idiots are going to get someone else killed. If the democratic party did this crap your little country would have been taken over by China along time ago.

    June 11, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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