Sessions: Republicans Might Boycott Kagan Hearings

Jun 22, 2010 8:43am

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue reports:

Last night, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told Politico that the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee might boycott next week’s confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan.

According to the article, Sessions wants to see about 1,600 confidential documents that the National Archives has withheld for privacy reasons.

Separately, lawyers for President Clinton withdrew from the public some documents regarding the Whitewater and Paula Jones controversies, but those documents were made available to Senators, according to the White House.

For the past several weeks, Sessions has complained repeatedly that he needs more time to go through the approximately 170,000 documents that have already been released documenting Kagan’s time in the Clinton administration.

Sessions has stressed the importance of the documents and Kagan’s forthcoming testimony at her confirmation hearing because of her lack of judicial record. “She has so little other record it’s going to be a big deal, it’s so important how she testifies,” Sessions said on “This Week” last month.

Sources close to Sen. Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, say the hearings will begin Monday regardless if Republicans show up. Democrats note that the administration has released an unprecedented number of documents.

- Ariane de Vogue

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