Reams of documents from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's work for President Clinton are now available online. They include the much-discussed memo in which Kagan recommended that Clinton back a compromise "partial birth" abortion ban that included an exception to protect the health of the mother.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled to begin hearings on President Obama's second Supreme Court nominee June 28, now has more information on Kagan than it received on either of the justices President George W. Bush put on the Supreme Court, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, according to the panel's chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. The committee has already posted other Kagan writings, going all the way back to sports stories and book reviews she wrote for her college newspaper, The Daily Princetonian.
Today's release represents a first installment of records relating to Kagan's work for the Clinton White House. The National Archives and the Obama administration "are continuing to work to make available an unprecedented volume of information relating to Elena Kagan's work in the Clinton administration," Leahy said. " I appreciate the Obama administration's willingness not to assert executive privilege with respect to this information."
The top-ranking Judiciary Committee Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has argued for delaying the the confirmation hearings to give senators more time to review Kagan's records.
Update, 2:38 p.m. ET: Sessions just weighed in on the latest document dump.
"The batch of documents received today represent less than a third of the 160,000 pages of material we have been told exist from Elena Kagan's time as a senior policy aide to President Clinton," the senator said in a statement. "We are now a mere 24 days away from the hearing and the committee still has yet to receive over 100,000 pages of documents."
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