Thursday, October 20, 2005

Another Setback for Nominee Harriet Miers

Wednesday, Senators Arlen Spector and Patrick Leahy, Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Judiciary committee asked Harriet Miers to resubmit answers to parts of her questionnaire. They were very unhappy with some of her answers, and some members said they were 'insufficient, 'inadequate' and 'insulting'.

Her answers that were questionable were about her legal career, her work in the White House, potential conflicts on cases involving the administration, and the suspension of her license by the District of Columbia bar. Suspension was from September 1, 1989 to September 20, 1989, for late payment of dues, which she says was an oversight of the administration over her Texas bar license.

The Judiciary Comittee is delving into her answers, trying to figure out if she has enough knowledge of the constitution which would qualify her as a Supreme Court judge. And, I'm sure, if there are unfavorable answers the second time around, she is going to face hostility in the hearing process.

"If the questions are not answered or their answer is incomplete, as they have been, then it's going to be a long hearing indeed," Mr. Leahy said.

The hearing process is scheduled to begin November 7. Arlen Specter overruled Democratic objections that they didn't have enough information to evaluate her.

Michelle Malkin says, in her article 'The Trouble With Harriet', that
it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine that this nomination will make it to the scheduled Nov. 7 Senate hearing date.

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