During Graham-Kagan Discussion of Miranda, a Moment of Levity

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm

At the start of what became a serious line of questioning on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s view on how Miranda rights should be applied in terrorism-related arrests, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) injected a rare moment of humor into today’s confirmation hearing.

In preparing to discuss the failed Times Square and Christmas Day bombing attempts, Graham asked Kagan about her opinion on Christmas — and what she was doing on Christmas. As a chorus of laughter died down, Kagan gave a wry reply.

“You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant,” she said, prompting more laughter.

“That’s what Hanukkah and Christmas is all about,” Graham replied.

Update at 4:40 p.m.: As Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called a short recess just a few minutes ago, he said he enjoyed Kagan’s joke.

“I’m really enjoying the ethnic humor here,” he said.

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