In a last-minute and unexplained move Friday, Senate Democrats pulled Stephen Dujack as a witness for Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings next week. Dujack was supposed to testify against Alito for his association with the conservative Concerned Alumni of Princeton.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), ranking Democrat on the committee, issued a press release Thursday that included Dujack as a witness. However, Friday’s official committee release of Republican and Democrat witnesses doesn’t include Dujack.
Reports of Dujack’s controversial articles — one compared farm animals to Holocaust victims — began to filter out Friday afternoon when an aide to Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) e-mailed to reporters a Los Angeles Times op-ed written by Dujack that compared farm animals to Holocaust victims.
The Drudge Report later revealed that Dujack donated $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.
A Republican Judiciary Committee staffer told HUMAN EVENTS late Friday that Democrats gave no indication why Dujack’s name was removed from the witness list after Leahy issued his press release with Dujack’s name on it.
However, another GOP Senate aide said it appears that Democrats foresaw the problems Dujack posed as a witness, and in an effort to save face, decided to pull him from the panel of outside witnesses.
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