June 19th, 2010
04:38 PM ET
13 years ago

Pentagon had doubts about Kagan over recruiting on campus

Washington (CNN) - New documents released Saturday may add new fuel to the debate over Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a week before her Senate confirmation hearing begins.

The new documents focus on Kagan when she was dean of Harvard Law School. Pentagon officials had deep concerns whether she would cooperate with military recruiters, just days after the Supreme Court in 2006 allowed the recruiters back on campuses.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said Saturday that Kagan acted responsibly and allowed military recruiters at the Harvard Law School. "The materials produced by the Department of Defense provide further documentation that military recruiters were never barred from the campus of Harvard Law School, neither before Elena Kagan became Dean, nor during her tenure," Leahy said in a statement. "The unfair charge made by some that Elena Kagan broke the law as Dean continues to have no basis in law or fact."

Kagan's strong views on the recruiting issue have drawn conservative criticism.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Donald in CA

    We need more Kagans in the supreme court. Nothing can be worse then the last two bush put on the court, unless you are big business or have a ton of money.

    June 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. cb

    There are more qualified candidates but the schools have the right to bar recruiters, since their stated goal is higher learning and not for a place to enlist, there are recruiting centers for that purpose.

    June 19, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    Her comments on the NRA are enough for me to bar her.

    June 19, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The GObPers will harp on it for months, even tho it has been settled for years - but they keep their Adulterers in their positions and continue to push more adulterers on the country.

    Some christian family values, folks. HYPOCRITS.

    June 19, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Patty Patriot

    If obama picked them – they have to socialist, marxist or lump it all under communism.

    June 19, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. George of the jungle

    Any more if it is anything in opposition to the white house or the president I just ignor it as another repo lie. They twist everything around and I am sick of haveing to listen to them. Everything they say once researched comes up as a big fat distortion of the truth. Vote them out in November.

    June 19, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Slider

    That's alright, the rest of us have doubts as to Kagan's views on a whole lot of issues.

    Selectively withholding her information by the Clinton library doesn't help dispel those doubts much either.

    June 19, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republigons, so what's expected.

    June 19, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Marcus

    So the Pentagon, before the 'Rumsfeld vs FAIR' ruling, had problems with Kagan and her policy against their recruiters?
    A policy, let's remember, based on the fact that she (and a lot of other people like me) abhorrs DADT.
    But wasn't her policy, BEFORE the SCOTUS ruling, constitutionally legal? And didn't she stopped her policy after the ruling, which means that even disagreeing with it she upheld it, like every other American is supposed to do?
    And by 'her' policy I mean a policy backed up by both the students and the professors at Harvard, not all of course (since a good thing for any democracy is a responsible opposition).
    So what's the problem?

    June 19, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. valwayne

    Its hard to believe our Commander in Chief would nominate someone so hostile to our military to the Supreme Court. One has to wonder what Obama's true attitudes are toward our military?

    June 19, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |