McConnell promises thorough vetting of Kagan

05/12/2010 07:12 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, promised no “rush to judgement” on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan before meeting privately with her on Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

McConnell told reporters the vetting process would be “thorough” as the Judiciary Committee examines the track record of Kagan, currently the U.S. solicitor general, who is responsible for representing the federal government before the Supreme Court.

“I know this will be a challenging process to go through,” McConnell told reporters as he sat next to Kagan in his Capitol office. “It always is for a lifetime appointment of this consequence.”

Kagan, the former dean of Havard Law School and an advisor to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, faced tough questions about her lack of courtroom experience during her confirmation as solicitor general in March 2009. President Barack Obama nominated Kagan, 50, to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who is retiring.

Some Republicans have again raised questions about the experience issue, as Kagan would be the only justice on the nine-member court not to have served as a federal appellate judge. ¬†McConnell was quoted in the Washington Post later Wednesday saying he was concerned she might be “a rubber stamp” for Obama’s administration on the court.

- Ryan Alessi


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