Republicans May Boycott Kagan Supreme Court Hearings Over Lack of Documents
by Steven Ertelt
June 22, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are considering boycotting the hearings planned next week for pro-abortion nominee Elena Kagan because they still have not received the documents they requested from her tenure s Solicitor General for pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Other documents concern Kagan’s time as a top aide during the Clinton administration, and some already made public show her providing him political cover for vetoing a ban on partial-birth abortions.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, a pro-life lawmaker from Alabama, told Politico Monday evening that GOP lawmakers on the panel may boycott the hearings if the documents are not provided beforehand.
"I don’t feel like we’re prepared yet," Sessions said. "It’s becoming more clear that this is not an easy thing to get ready this quick."
If we feel like we can’t go forward with the hearings because we don’t have sufficient documents, then yes, we may feel compelled to do whatever it takes to try to insist that the process be done right," he added.
Sessions told the news web site that there are at least 1,600 documents on Kagan from the Clinton administration that have not been released. He also said lawmakers should have the ability to privately view the records from her Obama administration time if there are concerns about confidentiality.
Boycotting the hearings would have positive and negative ramifications for Republicans.
On one hand, they can be seen as working to shine a light on Kagan, whose positions on some poetical issues is unknown and undeveloped on others. At the same time, a boycott would allow pro-abortion Democrats on the Judiciary Committee a chance to make their case for the abortion advocate without rebuttal.
Over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the initial information on Kagan has been "quite troubling" and he left the door open for a potential filibuster.
"I think some of her views are quite troubling, at least to me, in the area of political speech and the First Amendment," he said. "She has basically argued before the Supreme Court that the government could ban pamphlets. I find that very troubling."
However, McConnell stressed that it is premature to say what the strategy on the Senate floor will be since committee hearings have yet to start on Obama’s second pro-abortion selection for the nation’s highest and most influential court.
Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee was Sonia Sotomayor who is now positioned on the high court to keep abortion legal another three decades.
Pro-life groups have described Elena Kagan as the stereotypical judicial activist and abortion advocate.
She clerked for pro-abortion Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she lauded, and her writings dating back to her college days are filled with accolades for judges who took the law into their hands and twisted it for a desired outcome rather than relying on the people through their elected officials.
Kagan helped Bill Clinton defend his veto of a partial-birth abortion ban — the gruesome abortion procedure when a baby is birthed halfway and then jabbed in the head with medical scissors, killing him or her. She helped Clinton find political cover for his decision to keep those abortions legal.
Kagan went as far as advocating that the Clinton administration not only ignore but manipulate the opinion of a national medical group that said there was never any medical justification for killing unborn children halfway out of the birth canal.
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