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Sotomayor's District Court Bid Aided by D'Amato and Moynihan

By Garance Franke-Ruta
It was widely noted yesterday that though Judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to her U.S. District Court judgeship by then-President George H.W. Bush in 1991, her nomination came as part of a deal with her home state senator, Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who suggested her nomination to the president.

Sotomayor, in forms submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1992 and entered into the congressional hearing record, provides some more details on how the process worked -- and the role played by both senators from New York:

At the suggestion of various friends, I submitted an application to and was interviewed by the Committee on the Judiciary which advises Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on his judicial recommendations. I subsequently met with Senator Moynihan who then recommended me to Senator Alfonse D'Amato. Senator D'Amato forwarded my name to the Department of Justice. I was first contacted and interviewed by the Committee of the Judiciary of the Bar of the City of New York which approved my qualifications for the appointment. Thereafter, on two occasions, I was contacted by and met with various officials at the Department of Justice. I was then sent requisite forms which I completed. I was then interviewed by an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by a representative of the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association before my nomination by the President.

Posted at 1:07 PM ET on May 27, 2009  | Category:  Supreme Court
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