Clinton-Era Emails Show a Political, Blunt Kagan

Clinton's library releases 78K pages of correspondence
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2010 8:51 AM CDT
Clinton-Era Emails Show a Political, Blunt Kagan
FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly released e-mails from Elena Kagan's time as an aide to President Bill Clinton portray the Supreme Court nominee as a driven and highly opinionated person with...   (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Elena Kagan shows herself to be hands-on, political, and more than a little, shall we say, blunt, in thousands of pages of emails released by Bill Clinton's presidential library. The release is the third and final handed over for Senate scrutiny ahead of her confirmation hearings, and reveals "There is no chapter from her professional life for which we do not have significant records," says Pat Leahy. Jeff Sessions, however, says the emails show a "troubling pattern" of making "legal decisions based not on the law but instead on her very liberal politics." Highlights, courtesy of Politico and the AP:

  • “That quote from Isaiah is the most preposterously presumptuous line I have ever seen," she wrote of a draft State of the Union address in which Clinton was to offer himself as a "repairer of the breach." "The president would deserve it if the press really came down on him for this."
  • “You’re far too nice,” she told one aide, suggesting she would have upbraided another.
  • “I confess to feeling somewhat baffled by this—an executive order on children saying what??” Kagan wrote. “We have many different initiatives that focus on children…education policies, child care policies, health policies, etc. We shouldn’t trivialize our work in this area by issuing an executive order telling everybody to [do] everything they can for every child."
(Read more Elena Kagan stories.)

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