Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) “Wednesday responded to a letter sent yesterday by Republican members of the Committee seeking a third postponement of a hearing to consider the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,” according to a press release.
“At the time of Professor Liu’s twice-rescheduled hearing, Committee members will have had more than seven weeks to review the nominee’s record, and two weeks to review the materials submitted to the Committee on April 5,” wrote Leahy. “I see no reason to further delay this nominee’s opportunity to appear before the Committee and respond to the questions its members may have.”
Judiciary Republicans said yesterday that Professor Liu “failed to disclose an extraordinary 117 items from his record on the required committee questionnaire, which he submitted on February 24th.” Here’s how Leahy responded to that claim:
Liu, who is a law professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, recently provided additional materials to the Committee in response to the Committee’s standard questionnaire. A majority of the submissions were event announcements or descriptions, agendas from third-party organizations, and publicly available news articles.
“While I am disappointed that Professor Liu did not earlier provide the materials in the supplement sent to the Committee on April 5, the materials included there hardly disqualify him from serious consideration by this Committee,” Leahy wrote. “I believe a fair and thoughtful review of his record, and a public and open exchange during his confirmation hearing, will demonstrate his faithfulness to the rule of law, the Constitution, and established precedents of our judicial system.”
Read Leahy’s response letter in full here.
Update (4/15): Leahy today “restated that the Committee hearing, scheduled for Friday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m., will proceed as scheduled,” according to a press release. Read his letter to Senator Sessions here.
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