By Giovanni Tomasi, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar
The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to confirm
Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court and
pass her to the final full Senate vote on her nomination. The
confirmation process proved to be a “vapid and hollow charade” as then
Dean Kagan observed
they usually were. During her own hearing, she was able to completely
brush over her record of knowingly disobeying the Solomon Amendment by
banning military recruiters as the Dean of Harvard Law. Most Senators
including so called “conservative” Senators have let Ms. Kagan get away
with her dishonesty, and have already begun saying that they will be
voting in favor of Ms. Kagan’s nomination in the final Senate vote.
Senator Jeff Sessions however, did not choose to excuse Ms. Kagan’s past offenses against military students. He rightly proclaimed
that Ms. Kagan’s answers on the topic reflected “pin, rather than
clearly and honestly admitting or describing events that are,
objectively, describable.” He also went on to very accurately categorize
her misstated testimony as “at best inaccurate, and at worst
intellectually dishonest.” Instead of playing games by rubber stamping a
nominee to win favor with the current administration, Senator Sessions
honorably carried out the job in which he was elected by looking at Ms
Kagan’s past and seeing that she has a history of ignoring the law.
While other Senators like Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina
might choose to ignore Ms. Kagan’s blatant disregard for the military
and national law by supporting
her nomination, Senator Sessions rightly stood up for the American
military and rule of law. As Senator Sessions accurately said, “Ms.
Kagan clearly knew…that her actions violated the law.” But her actions
didn’t just do that, she also endangered the effectiveness of military
recruiting in a time of war, and relegated military students to a second
class status in the Law School. Senator Sessions has bravely made a
stand against the leftist forces that seek to cripple our military
effectiveness at home and abroad. Now let’s just hope the rest of the
Senate will follow his lead.
You can read Senator Jeff Sessions case statement here.
Watch Senator Sessions discuss Kagan here