[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/10/art.gopscotus.youtube.jpg caption=" Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee launched a YouTube channel Monday to act as a ‘hub of information’ for the hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan."]Washington (CNN) – Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee launched a YouTube channel Monday to act as a "hub of information" for the hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
The channel went live just hours after President Obama announced Kagan, his solicitor general, as his nominee for the high court. The videos feature interviews of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions discussing Kagan on news media outlets. Sessions is the ranking Republican on the committee.
Stephen Miller, a spokesman for Judiciary Republicans, said the YouTube channel will be a "hub of information for the public, a resource, a place for the exchange of ideas, and a place for a national discussion the senator is planning to foster during the course of the current Supreme Court nomination." Miller said there will be future videos highlighting the hearings, interviews from Sessions and his colleagues, and other videos that "help shed light on an important aspect of the process."
"Members of Congress increasingly see YouTube as the go-to place for them to speak directly to the American people about the latest political news and events," a YouTube spokesperson told CNN.
The Senate Democrats' YouTube channel featured on Monday a video of Sen. Patrick Leahy's thoughts on Kagan's nomination.