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Kagan hangs up general’s cap

Elena Kagan is no longer acting as the government’s top attorney.

In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Supreme Court Clerk William Suter, the Supreme Court nominee informed the Court that she has stepped aside as solicitor general during her confirmation process.

Deputy Solicitor General Neal K. Katyal took over as acting solicitor general, Kagan wrote. “I ask that you please address future correspondence from the Court to him, and that the Court’s docket sheets reflect his designation as Counsel of Record,” the letter states, according to the Associated Press.

Katyal assumed the new role May 10 – the day President Barack Obama announced Kagan’s nomination to the Court. He has formerly served as a national security adviser in the Justice Department, was co-counsel for former Vice President Al Gore in the 2000 election case Bush v. Gore, and was previously a clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer. He has argued numerous cases before the court.

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