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Sessions: Gibbs’ Comment on SCOTUS Selection “Inappropriateā?

Obama had a "results-oriented" mindset in picking judge.

Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) expressed concern that Elena Kagan may be a results-oriented justice based on her documents as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. 



“They reveal time and time again an effort to reach a certain result in the case,” Kyl said of the memos.

Sessions said in his view one of the most “stunning things and inappropriate statements [White House press secretary Robert] Gibbs has made” was saying the President had a “results-oriented” mindset in the context of his search for the next Supreme Court justice.



“The President is a very pragmatic person who is far less wedded to the process and the mechanics of how you get something done, and much more wedded to what will the results be," Gibbs was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on the Supreme Court selection process. "He’s much more results-oriented. If you’re that, you realize you’ve got to bring some consensus to get things done." 



When asked whether Kagan can be held accountable for her opinions in these memos since they were done to serve Justice Marshall, Kyl pointed out how often she uses the word “I” in her memos—which he implied was uncommon phrasing.


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