Republicans members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have united in opposition to 9th Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu, whose Senate confirmation bid has been seen by some as a prelude to the battle awaiting the next Supreme Court nominee.
In a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, and signed by every GOP committee member, ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions said Liu’s confirmation was “in jeopardy.” Sessions called for another postponement of Liu’s confirmation hearing, saying the nominee failed do disclose more than 100 items from his record in response to the committee’s questionnaire.
“At best, this nominee’s extraordinary disregard for the Committee’s constitutional role demonstrates incompetence; at worst, it creates the impression that he knowingly attempted to hide his most controversial work from the Committee,” Sessions said yesterday. “Professor Liu’s unwillingness to take seriously his obligation to complete these basic forms is potentially disqualifying and has placed his nomination in jeopardy.”
Republicans postponed Liu’s first scheduled confirmation hearing last month. Another is currently scheduled for April 16 – which would be 51 days after President Obama’s nomination of Liu. Sessions said that schedule just won’t do.
“This expedited schedule is unacceptable given that we have no confidence in the completeness and accuracy of his record before the Committee,” Sessions wrote in the letter. “Accordingly, we request that you postpone the Committee’s consideration of this nomination. We believe that maintaining the integrity of the Committee’s constitutional advise and consent responsibilities more than justifies such a request.”