Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Leahy's opening remarks on Roberts in 2003

They seem basically inconsecuential but I'll include them anyway,

"Today's nominees to the D.C. Circuit, John Roberts, worked in the Reagan Justice Department, in the Reagan White House, was an associate of former Solicitor General Kenneth Starr. It is obvious the Bush administration feels far more comfortable with him.

Also, home-State Senators I understand have not been consulted in these. We have certainly not received any ``blue slips'' back. What we are doing is we are appointing people to the highest courts in the land, with little more attention and scrutiny than we would pay to appoint these for a temporary Federal commission. It is a disservice to the American people.

The American people can be excused for sensing that there is the smell of an ink pad in the air, rubber stamps already out of the drawer.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman."

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