Kagan’s Senate Conformation Hearing Begins

President Barack Obama’s choice for the US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s Senate conformation hearing began. The former Solicitor General gave her opening statement stating that she will decide “every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law” if she approved as Supreme  Court Justice. Kagan said, the court must ensure that “our government never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals.”

“But the court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people,” she said, adding that her past work in government public service has shown her that, in her words, “no one has a monopoly on truth and wisdom.”

“I will make no pledges this week other than this one — that if confirmed, I will remember and abide by all these lessons,” she said. “I will listen hard, to every party before the court and to each of my colleagues.”

Democrats hail Kagan as a person ready to serve on the highest court in the land.  Senator Patrick S. Leahy, Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee say Kagan is  the mainstream of American Jurisprudence:

“I believe the fair-minded people will find her philosophy well within the legal mainstream,” Leahy said. “I welcome questions but urge senators on both sides to be fair. No one should presume that this intelligent woman who has excelled during every part of her varied and distinguished career, lacks independence.”

California Senator Dianne Feinstein(D) called Kagan:a “sterling reputation” and was “unquestionably qualified” to serve on the Supreme Court, calling her lack of judicial experience “refreshing.” And New York senior Senator Chuck Schumer(D) stated that Kagan: he’s confident Kagan will bring “both moderation and pragmatism” to the high court.

“You represent the best this country has to offer,” Schumer said of Kagan.

Republican concern with Kagan lack of record, are legal views care clouded and :”consumed more by politics than law.”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) raking Republican on the Judiciary Committee said “Ms. Kagan certainly has numerous talents and good qualities, but there are serious concerns about this nomination,” he said.

Sessions noted that Kagan has “never tried a case before a jury” and “has associated herself with well-known activist judges.” He also maintained that she broke the law in denying military recruiters access to students at Harvard Law School, where she served as dean.

Senator Lindsey Graham(R-SC) concerned about Kagan views:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called some of the nominee’s past actions and writings “a bit disturbing,” and said that Kagan’s temporary ban on military recruiting at Harvard was “inappropriate.” Graham, however, said Kagan’s nomination wouldn’t change the balance of power on the court.

Republican will challenge Kagan issues including gun-rights, abortion, the US military:

The GOP is expected to grill Kagan on hot-button issues from guns to abortion to campaign finance, arguing that she’d bring liberal politics and an anti-military bias to the job of a justice.

Graham and other Republicans have cited several concerns, including her actions as a dean to restrict military recruiters on Harvard’s campus and her stated admiration for liberal Israeli judge Aharon Barak, former president of Israel’s Supreme Court.

Democrats say the GOP is on a witch hunt and they will come up short:

But Kagan’s supporters said the smoking gun just isn’t there. Before her nomination was announced, she was considered one of the least controversial potential picks, and Democrats said her would-be critics have been struggling ever since.

“It feels like we have an opposition in search of a rationale,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on a conference call Friday.

Democrats have the votes to confirm her in the full Senate. The GOP may try filibustering the nomination.

Fox News has more.

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