Something that Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape MORE (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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