Republicans Say Sotomayor Questionnaire Incomplete, Request More Information
By Jerry Markon
Senate Republicans are requesting more documents and copies of speeches from Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, saying the questionnaire she submitted was incomplete and left out key information.
In a letter sent to Sotomayor today, the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized what they called “apparent omissions” in the voluminous questionnaire the federal judge filled out in conjunction with her nomination. The White House released the questionnaire last week, along with copies of 84 Sotomayor speeches.
The letter on Judiciary Committee stationary says Sotomayor failed to provide records of 98 additional speeches. "We are particularly troubled because there may well be transcripts available for certain remarks," the letter said, citing one 2004 speech the committee was able to find online.
The Senators said the nominee omitted details of her employment record and copies of law review articles she edited, and that she still needs to provide information on 17 cases she prosecuted while working as an assistant district attorney in New York in the early 1980s. They also criticized Sotomayor for what they said was her membership in a group, the Belizean Grove, that discriminates on the basis of sex.
The letter is part of a Republican effort to slow the confirmation process and gain more time to review the lengthy record Sotomayor has compiled in her 17 years on the bench. The Judiciary Committee’s Democratic chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt). yesterday announced that confirmation hearings will begin July 13, triggering an angry response from Republicans who are urging a later start to the proceedings.
The Republican Senators do praise Sotomayor for providing “a great deal of information to the Committee” and their letter concludes: “We look forward to receiving your supplemental answers as soon as possible."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said today that "anything that is lacking in the questionnaire will be provided in a timely manner to the committee.'' He said it has taken time to pull some records, such as those from Sotomayor's tenure as a prosecutor in New York.
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June 10, 2009; 5:58 PM ET
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