Jeff Sessions Blasts Kagan on Harvard Law’s Military Recruiter Controversy
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, used his opening statement during Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings in part to hit the nominee on restrictions she placed on military recruiter access while she was dean of Harvard Law School.
“Her actions punished the military and demeaned our soldiers as they were courageously fighting two wars overseas,” Sessions said.
The Defense Department released 850 pages of documents earlier this month that indicate Kagan did not completely ban recruiters from Harvard Law’s campus. However, she did place restrictions on their access, claiming the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy meant the school had to consider the military a discriminatory employer. The Christian Science Monitor notes that these restrictions, including barring recruiters from holding interviews in the school’s career center, had a negative effect on recruiting there.
The issue will no doubt play a major role in Republican questioning and criticism as the hearings continue. Three members of the military are on the Senate GOP’s witness list — Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth, Air Force Colonel Thomas N. Moe and Army Capt. Flagg Youngblood.****
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) defended Kagan’s handling of military recruiters, noting that the number of recruits from the school did not decrease as a result.
Updated at 1:19 p.m.