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Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan To Start In June

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan are scheduled to start in June. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo hide caption

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Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan are scheduled to start in June.

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings are set to begin on Monday, June 28, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced today.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary said he hopes the process can be completed the week before the Senate adjourns for a week-long Independence Day recess.

According to NPR's David Welna, reporting from Capitol Hill, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said that he would have preferred a later start date.

And the ranking Republican on the committee gave reporters some sense of what kinds of questions he and his fellow Republicans plan to ask the president's nominee:

"We'll discuss judicial activism, faithfulness to plain words of the constitution, and I expect it to be a vigorous and important hearing."

Sessions said he expects Kagan's confirmation process will be finished by the summer recess, in early August.

"I would urge everybody to come to the hearing with an open mind," Leahy said. "Listen to her answers to those questions, and we will make sure that every senator, both sides of the aisle, have ample time to ask the questions they want."

Yesterday, the committee released Kagan's responses to a lengthy questionnaire, and the White House delivered over 7,000 pages of documents to the committee, for review.

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