Sen. Hatch Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing

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Thursday, July 16, 2009; 12:51 PM

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SEN. PATRICK LEAHY: Well, thank you. Thank you for that compliment, Senator.

I -- and I should compliment Senator Specter here. When he was chairman, I was ranking member, and we had to Supreme Court nominations. We tried to work out a time to (inaudible) everybody, and we did, and it was -- we were told by both Republicans and Democrats that nobody had complained about the amount of time. I've tried to do the same thing. It is a lifetime appointment. Been very impressed, of course, with our nominee, and that's been obvious.

Incidentally, she was originally nominated by President George H.W. Bush, and then by President Bill Clinton, now by President Barack Obama. President Clinton nominated her to the Second Circuit, and I have a letter addressed to the members of the committee -- well, actually to you and I, Senator Sessions, from former President Clinton.

And he speaks of her being able to make a unique contribution through her experience as a prosecutor and trial judge to the bench and hopes that we will have a speedy confirmation for her. And I will put that in the record.

One of the things is in -- also in trying to make sure everybody gets balanced time, but we've had -- a lot of us have served as either chairmen and ranking member of this committee. We know how important that is. And I use that to yield to Senator Hatch, who has had also the problem of having to schedule how things go. And I'll yield to you.

But thank you, Jeff. I appreciate that.

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