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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.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 10, 2009; 5:58 PM ET
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It doesn't matter what it is. Fill in the blank and the Party of No will respond with NO!! Can't do anything. What do these clowns do anyway? McConnell and Bruener must just sit around waiting for a "NO" opportunity. GOP will drag anything out to show they are doing “something”, just as long as it is not constructive. Can’t have that.
Man, am I glad these bozos are not in charge anymore!!!

Posted by: sd-mouth | June 10, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse


Senora Sotomayer;

Como se "La-RAZA"?

Inquiring "Non-Racist" Minds;

want to know!

"Por Que?"

Maybe because the very thought of a Supreme Court Justice belonging to a Group out to promote that Group;

does not imply "Impartiality"! :-(

FAR from IT!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 10, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

McConnell and Boehner could contribute to reducing the federal deficit by just staying home and returning their paychecks. All they do is get up and say "No, we can't as Republican's approve anything Obama wants to do."

The "Just Say No" party working to build a stronger and better America.

Posted by: patrick10 | June 10, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

What pathetic whining losers the GOP are. The judge will eat their livers with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Posted by: cythera45 | June 10, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

This is just absolutely ridiculous!! It is so evident that the Republicans are just digging and digging for something new in the line of the "wise Latina" remark to characterize Sotomayor as a judicial activist and unduly influenced by race and gender in her decision making. Read this article below as it addresses these issues head on and offers a solution for how both sides of the debate need to just get over the idea of complete impartiality in the judicial process! It doesn't exist...

"Through the Sonia Sotomayor Looking Glass"

By Matt Semino, Esq.

Posted by: supreme22 | June 10, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Looks as if the strategy is clear. Try and drag out the start of the confirmation hearings as long as possible. The intent being perhaps something really damaging will surface to derail the nomination. Here's a person who has sat on the court of appeals 2nd circuit for 11 years prior to that was a trial judge in the southern district of New York for 6 years. She has twice been nominated by a republican and a democratic president and confirmed by the senate. In examining her record as a prosecutor and judge she is no friend of the criminal defendant. Which may not make civil libertarians and the criminal defense bar to happy. So what's the problem ? The other issues "female latina V white male" that's a red herring. Does anyone think for a minute that Rush Limbaugh, Senator Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich or any other white male is going to be discriminated against because Sonia Sotomayor is on the Supreme Court. As for the New Haven case. There is nothing in that case that suggest the 3 member appeals court panel approved of any discrimination towards one group over another. Whatever happened to deferring to the legislature in this case the New Haven city council.

Posted by: edhenson | June 10, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

these people are getting to be sickening.

Posted by: donaldtucker | June 10, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

And these morons think they have a chance at running the country again? You just have to wonder where they get their arrogance after almost destroying the country. Poor babies.

Posted by: trbajaz | June 11, 2009 3:15 AM | Report abuse

This is one of those wallpaper-the-clock efforts to slow things down. It's pretty obvious too, and makes them look weaselly.

Posted by: timscanlon | June 11, 2009 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Do you think it is okay to confirm anyone that has not been thoroughly investigated and all questions asked? If you were going to hire someone, wouldn't you want to know everything about them and their records? I think making such a major decision here needs as much time as needed as this is a lifetime appointment. It's obvious I must be the only Republican that reads this column. If you think the Bush Administration was bad for this country, wait till the current administration gets through with us - you will eat your words.

Posted by: patandbob | June 11, 2009 4:57 AM | Report abuse

What about all the non-tax-paying bozos that were put into this administration?? There's more corruption in the WH in 6 months than has been in many years!! And it was known before they went to the WH - shows what a bunch of idiots a lot of voters were.

Posted by: patandbob | June 11, 2009 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Good for them!

Enough troubling evidence of an "agenda" has come to light to warrant more investigation.

I am a female attorney, practicing and teaching for 30 years and I am worried. She seems like an advocate for Latinos, which is fine- just not on the bench!

Posted by: bh150243 | June 11, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of all the excuses my six-year-old comes up with to delay going to the school bus each morning.

Posted by: nodebris | June 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The party of "No" continues to find fault in others and never have they once taken the responsibility for destroying what Americans have work to build. I hope the people of this country go out to vote when it is time for their re-election and vote "No" more on the ballots and just be done with the GOP all together. Good riddens...

Posted by: ConsciousMindz | June 11, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are as afraid today as they were after Harry Truman beat them in '48 that they are never going to get back into power again. That led to McCarthyism which isn't going to work again. Today they see themselves doing "whatever it takes" and resisting everything that anybody, not just the
Democrats, proposes; just trying to find light at the end of the tunnel.

Bush-Cheny, like Hoover in '32, left them out for at least twenty years. Their "whatever it takes" is going to stretch "at least twenty" to God only knows how much more.

Posted by: winger1 | June 11, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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