Kagan Confirmation Hearing, Day 1, Part 2
Jun 28, 2010
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In the first day of hearings on the appointment of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, members and the nominee presented opening .. Read More
In the first day of hearings on the appointment of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, members and the nominee presented opening statements. Senators focused on her career, accomplishments, and academic background. Some members expressed concern at her lack of experience in the judiciary and practicing law, her decision to ban military recruiters from Harvard University during her tenure as dean of the Law School because of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and her political views. Ms. Kagan spoke about her experience as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall, arguing before the Supreme Court as solicitor general, and her teaching career. She vowed that if confirmed she would “consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law.”
Senators and the nominee in their statements also praised the life and career of Senator Robert Byrd, who died earlier that morning. They also offered condolences to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, whose husband also passed away that day.
Part 2 of the hearing includes opening statements by Senators Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Kaufman, and Franken, as well as introduction and statement of the nominee. See 294263-2 to view opening statements from earlier in the day.