Kitty Felde

Heat over military recruitment in the Kagan hearing

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont gave Solicitor General Elena Kagan an opening to explain the issue of keeping military recruiters off campus at Harvard Law School. Kagan said the issue was an agreement all recruiters have to sign that guarantees they don't discriminate and because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, they couldn't sign. She also said military recruiters had access to Harvard students "every single day I was there."

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions picked up the ball and pitched a series of questions to Kagan. He grew frustrated with her answers and concluded her version of events was "unconnected to reality."

He told her, "I know what happened at Harvard. I know you're an unspoken leader against the military policy. I know you acted without legal authority to reverse Harvard's policy and deny those military equal access to campus until you were threatened by the United States government of loss of federal funds. This is what happened."

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