Several GOP lawmakers have voice concerns over Kagan’s lack of judicial experience. The solicitor general has never served as a judge.
Such criticism, Leahy said, “ignore[s] Senate Republicans’ own recent statements praising President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers for being someone who had not served a judge, calling her a ‘wonderful choice’ who would ‘fill very important gaps in the Supreme Court,'” Leahy said, referring to the former White House counsel to President Bush. “Now that a Democratic President is nominating, they reverse themselves to contend that lack of judicial experience is a matter for ‘concern,’ is ‘troubling,’ and a matter that ‘warrants great scrutiny.’ …Republicans should not apply a double standard to the nomination of this qualified woman.”
Leahy added that, but for Republican opposition, Kagan would have judicial experience.
” President Clinton nominated her to the D.C. Circuit in 1999 and it was Senate Republicans who refused to consider her nomination,” Leahy said. “Had they done so she would have more than 10 years of judicial experience.”
Kagan’s confirmation hearing is set to begin June 28.
Here is Leahy’s floor statement.