White House Releases Kagan Judiciary Questionnaire

Posted May 18, 2010 at 4:58pm

The White House on Tuesday released Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan questionnaire, paving the way for Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to schedule her confirmation hearings as soon as the end of this week.

With the 202 pages of answers now in hand, Leahy and ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) are expected to meet Wednesday to discuss the timing for the hearings, which Democratic and GOP aides have said could come as soon as the week of June 28.

“These materials, along with the record we compiled last year in connection with her nomination to be Solicitor General of the United States, put us well down the road toward our preparation for her confirmation hearing,” Leahy said in a statement Tuesday, noting that the White House has asked the William J. Clinton Presidential Library to expedite release of some 160,000 pages of documents related to her time in that administration.

As a result, Leahy said he intends “to announce the schedule for her confirmation hearing soon.”