Leahy on Sotomayor...in 1998

Something that Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) didn't mention in his statement in support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court was that he has been a fan of the judge since at least 1998.

Below is footage from C-SPAN's Video Library of Leahy on the Senate floor when Sotomayor's nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was under consideration.

In the June 18, 1998, video, Leahy criticizes Republicans for blocking Sotomayor's nomination and raises the possibility that Sotomayor could eventually be a Supreme Court nominee.

"Judge Sonia Sotomayor is just such a qualified nominee, and she is one being held up by the Republican majority, apparently because some on the other side of the aisle believe she might one day be considered by President Clinton for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, should a vacancy arise," Leahy said.



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