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Veteran Asks Committee: ‘How Did We Reach This Point?’

Elena Kagan "treated military recruiters like second-class citizens" as dean of Harvard Law School, an Iraq war veteran told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Capt. Pete Hegseth, who served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, testified Thursday that he had "serious concerns" about Kagan’s enforcement of a Harvard policy that restricted military recruitment at the university during the Supreme Court nominee’s tenure as law school dean.

"[I]n replacing the only remaining veteran on the Supreme Court in Justice John Paul Stevens, how did we reach a point in this country where we are nominating someone who unapologetically obstructed the military at a time of war?" asked Hegseth, executive director of Vets for Freedom. "Ms. Kagan chose to use her position of authority to impede, rather than empower, the warriors who fight, and have fallen, for our freedoms."

While at Harvard, Kagan denounced the Pentagon’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy toward homosexual service members as a "moral injustice." Hegseth testified Thursday that "the real ‘moral injustice’ is granting a lifetime appointment to someone who, when it mattered, treated military recruiters like second-class citizens."


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