July 27, 2005

Prickly Situation


From CNN: Documents, Timing Mar Roberts Confimation.

WASHINGTON -- While the Bush administration began handing over 75,000 pages penned by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts without an official request from senators, one Democrat is already raising questions about the White House's refusal to share papers claimed to be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Meanwhile, senators on Wednesday continued to squabble over when the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee would begin; Republicans want to get started around Aug. 29, while Democrats argue they're being pressured to move forward on a nominee they don't know enough about yet.

And Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote whether to send Roberts name to the full Senate for confirmation, said Wednesday that he will vote against Roberts if the judge seems likely to pursue an "activist" philosophy. But Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who also sits on the committee, said Roberts assured him he is no ideologue.

Posted by Forkum at July 27, 2005 03:41 PM