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Kagan Confirmation Hearing Wraps Up; Will Continue Tuesday Morning

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Monday, June 28, 2010

4:10 PM (eastern) Kagan says,“I will make no pledges this week other than this one; that, if confirmed, I will remember and abide by all these lessons.  I will listen hard to every party before the court and to each of my colleagues.  I will work hard and I will do my best to consider every case impartially, modestly; with commitment with principal and in accordance with the law.”

4:05 PM (eastern) Kagan says, “The joy of my life has been to teach thousands of students about the law, and had the sense to realize they had much to teach me.  I’ve led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system.  And what I’ve learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom.”

4:00 PM (eastern) Kagan says, ““The Supreme Court, of course, has the responsibility of ensuring that our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals.”

3:50 PM (eastern):  Kagan has been sworn in and begins her opening statements at her confirmation hearing.

3:37 PM (eastern):  Senators Kerry and Brown will introduce Elena Kagan within the next few minutes.  She will then be able to make her opening statement.

Republicans are ramping up their anti-Kagan rhetoric early in their opening statements.  Typically, these opening statements give members of the committee and the appointee the chance to set the tone for the remainder of the hearings.

If that’s true, the next few days could turn into a congressional bloodbath as Senators from both sides used much of their opening statements to express their concerns with Mr. Obama’s pick for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Just after 12:30 ET, Republican Jeff Sessions, who will lead the GOP’s arguments against Kagan, promised a fair and respectful hearing.  He cited Kagan’s lack of judicial experience and expressed “serious concerns” about her ability to serve impartially on the court.

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June 28, 2010 - Posted by | News & Current Events

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