Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is more concerned about the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court than he was during the hearings of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
In an interview with CBS Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford on "Washington Unplugged" today, Sessions called the confirmation hearings "very important," citing a Supreme Court's decision today on gun rights.
"One vote switch would have made it possible for any city or any state in America to completely ban the ownership rights of guns," Sessions said.
Sessions expressed concern that "she's unwilling to enforce plain rights, the right to keep arms and the right to speech, and maybe have a tendency that so many of the other activist judges have to find rights that aren't in the Constitution that seem to fit their personal agendas."
Asked by Crawford how he thought Kagan would have decided in today's case, Sessions said she was at the center of President Bill Clinton's administration's efforts to restrict gun ownership in "any way politically possible."
Sessions also called Kagan's decision to restrict military from recruiting offices at Harvard University when she was Law School dean "inexcusable," a sentiment he repeated in his opening statement.
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