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What is the Judiciary Committee Trying to Hide? ^ | January 29, 2002 | Thomas L. Jipping

Posted on 01/29/2002 5:04:24 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen

Senator Patrick Leahy's January 25 speech about judicial confirmations put him in the same category as Kenneth Lay. Like the former Enron chairman, the Judiciary Committee chairman exaggerates performance and hides deficiencies.

He thanked the Senate's Democrat leaders for "moving to consider additional judicial nominations today." Don't let him kid you - Senator Leahy has hardly given those leaders any nominees to pick from, even if they wanted to jump on the confirmation train. More than 90% of President Bush's pending judicial nominations are detainees at Camp Leahy. Not counting the 24 nominations made the day before the speech, 33 nominees are sitting in the Judiciary Committee and just eight had received a hearing. In fact, only three of the first 11 nominees President Bush sent the Senate last May have even had a hearing.

On January 25, only four detainees had been released and the Senate confirmed just two of them.

Senator Leahy claimed that on January 24 "we held our 12th hearing since July." Not true. If anything, it was the 12th hearing since June but the place was slow and very selective. Two of those hearings considered just a single nominee and five considered fewer than four nominees. The July 11 hearing included appeals court nominee Roger Gregory, originally a Clinton nominee, and the September 13 hearing included appeals court nominee Barrington Parker, a 1994 Clinton appointee to the U.S. District Court.

All told, last year the Senate confirmed only 28 out of President Bush's 65 judicial nominees.

By the way, don't go to the Judiciary Committee thinking you too can find out such things. The day of Senator Leahy's speech marked eight months since his committee had last updated the nominations section of its website. Not surprisingly, that's when the Democrats took over the Senate and Senator Leahy became chairman. Enron at least produced documents on its performance before shredding them. What are they trying to hide?

Tom Jipping is the director of the Free Congress Foundation's Center for Law and Democracy.
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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 01/29/2002 5:04:24 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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Another Informative post, Thanks.
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