Jessie ----
by on March 11, 2019
After two years, Democrats are still stalling on President Trump's court nominees. And of course, both of California's Democrat senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone a hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal appeals court judge, saying the nominee hadn't turned over his controversial writings for review.
Senators Harris and Feinstein asked Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham not to move forward with a hearing Wednesday on Kenneth Lee's nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But a spokeswoman for the committee said the hearing will proceed as scheduled.
Now Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and along with Harris, penned a letter on Monday that Lee repeatedly failed to provide dozens of controversial writings, including on voting rights, race and civil rights.
Both senators claim Lee's refusal to turn over the documents obstructs the Senate's vetting process for judicial nominees and suggests he "may continue to hold extreme and controversial views" outside the judicial mainstream.
Among the documents that Democrats want to see is a controversial one, in which Lee failed to disclose is one titled "Ebonics at Cornell."
Lee defended students who translated Africana Studies course descriptions into Ebonics, a variation of English that includes slang and shortened words and is considered by some as racially offensive. The students translated "History and Politics of Racism and Segregation" to "Dis Gotsa Do Wif Racism and Segregation in America and Souf Africa."
Lee wrote: "If the Oakland School Board provides politically correct, feel-good nonsense to poor urban blacks, Cornell University does the same for middle-class and affluent blacks."
So far, in this past month, Lee has submitted to the committee more than 75 articles that he failed to submit to in-state nominating commissions, the senators wrote.
Harris and Feinstein both opposed the appointment of Lee and 2 other White House nominees for open California seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a breach of a longtime Senate custom that gives lawmakers a chance to weigh in on a judicial nominee from their home state by submitting a blue-colored form called the "blue slip." A blue slip means the Senate can move forward with the nomination process.
President Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate have ignored the blue-slip tradition, most recently by approving Seattle attorney Eric Miller for a 9th Circuit seat despite opposition from his home-state senators, both Democrats.
The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit is the nation's largest federal appeals court and hears cases from nine Western states. Republicans have accused the court of having a liberal slant and have moved to break it up — an effort supported by Trump.
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