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Bush administration lawyers praise Kagan

By Aaron Blake
A pair of Bush administration lawyers on Thursday praised Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a brilliant legal mind who puts the law first.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called the witnesses in support of the nomination of Kagan, as evidence of her bipartisan support in the legal community.

Jack Goldsmith, who worked with Kagan as a Harvard law professor after he left the Bush Justice Department, said Kagan's style as dean of the law school helped students reach their potential.

"I don't think she was interested in achieving balance for balance's sake," Goldsmith said. "I think she thought that excellence in the law school required an intellectual environment where every idea can flourish."

Gregory Garre, who served under Bush as the solicitor general before Kagan, said her reputation is sterling among career lawyers in the office of the government's top Supreme Court attorney.

"One can hold different views on the important legal issues facing the country and still conclude that Gen. Kagan is well-qualified to serve on the Supreme Court," Garre said.

Among other character witnesses called by Democrats was Robert C. Clark, who preceded Kagan as law school dean.

Clark said Kagan has an exacting legal mind - so much so that she could never be an activist judge, as some Republicans have charged.

"A lawyer who actually does this as she does is unlikely to get too creative or loose," Clark said. "When she makes decisions as a judge, she will feel obligated to follow the law, not make it up."

After Kagan concluded her testimony Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee called three panels worth of witnesses to speak to Kagan's personal qualities and actions.

By Aaron Blake  |  July 1, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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These witnesses although was of different political stance, did not take General Kagan as a politician, but as a person whom they thought was about what the hearing should have been about The Rule Of Law! They know that she is a very good, thoughtful Professor of the law, and her action of ways on how she instructed, prepared, her staff and student listen and always check the rule of law, this is what a judge is suppose to do they should be in partial of political views.

Posted by: barkermr | July 2, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Those two lawyers must be closet "progressive" (Marxist) lawyers who would like to see Obama take control of the Supreme Court by having Kagan there working for Obama (not for the American people). Kagan would help Obama force Marxism on us. Anyone who supports Kagan's nomination must be voted out of office.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | July 1, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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