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The Senate Judiciary Committee wrapping up a critical hearing today on the potential confirmation of a controversial federal court nominee handpicked.
By President Obama as -- May remember -- professor Cornelia Washington is Nina Allard was tapped to join the DC Circuit Court of Appeals back in June.
But critics are pushing back hard to spotting her as potentially the most left leaning justice or judge in history of the republic.
And -- as the president for the center for ethics and public policy and has written extensively on her background.
And welcome thanks for joining us.
Thank you senate are at -- average American be concerned about this particular federal nominee.
Well let's first with the nomination a broader context.
President Obama after delaying forever on making nominations to the DC circuit which is often regarded as a second highest court in the land.
So they rushed to make three nominations just last month.
And now a sense of this -- committee is racing to.
Get his nominations.
Through hearings on the committee.
This is a court that is the most under worked court in the country -- by most measures the pres Obama is seeking to do is you have judges who rubber stamp.
His left wing agenda and agenda -- wiped out any limits on governments and spend us into bankruptcy.
So that's the broader picture -- -- aiming at here in the case of Cornelia pull art.
What we see.
Is someone who has.
Very extensive records a professor.
Her hearing is coming just a month after her nomination in the case of John Roberts now Chief Justice when he -- -- DC circuit nomination.
His hearing came 630.
Days after his nomination.
Why the rush now on this on this particular nominee the answer I think is the rush is designed to prevent a thorough review of her record no one has had a chance to go through.
The volumes and volumes of her writings and speeches in the very short time since -- -- I've taken looks look at part of that record and what we -- -- wanna hear from folks who have.
Worked with her -- know her is someone who does indeed have the potential to be perhaps the most left wing judge in the history of the country.
Let's talk about a little bit of what you've written and what others have written about her record they -- on the issue -- abortion she says that.
It's necessary to help free women from historically routine constrict conscription.
They also contend that she says men women who oppose government mandates on employers.
Insurance coverage of contraception which of courses is being hotly debated through the courts right now.
She says that those folks and reinforce broader patterns of discrimination against women as a class of presumptive breeders so if you opposed HHS mandate.
Well at least one author writing on her says that's what she thinks of you.
That's right it's a a far left rhetoric on on abortion.
We see this as well.
Without -- the ways he characterizes.
People who don't have her views.
And more probably again the comments have gotten from people have worked with there are unlike comets have gotten on any of the other dozens of federal appellate nominees and Obama or it has to Supreme Court nominees.
And I think go -- look in -- more of what's his -- and we see for example that she thinks that that judge is.
Should rules that.
Abstinence only sex education violates equal protection she's written this extensive -- article.
They're basically have federal judges micromanage sex education in order to impose.
Her own view -- egalitarian sex education and -- that understanding that misunderstanding what judges ought to do.
Is I think not fit exercise judicial power.
-- bring up something else that came up and and hearing this morning senator likely from you top Republican was questioning her about a case in which she wrote a brief.
And by his description of the -- it likened pro life demonstrators protesters those who up -- -- and do those things outside of abortion clinics.
-- with some kind of equivalency of those who were kkk -- members.
Back in the day and also on the issue of -- percent -- -- on the topic of abortion.
On she has said that ultrasound produces -- -- images of fetus as autonomous being.
That the anti choice movement has popularized since the advent of amniocentesis.
Sound like she's not a big fan of the pro life movement either.
No one of course sudden she doesn't need to pay that's not really the issue what we've seen though -- someone who is ready to translate.
Her deeply held policy preferences into constitutional positions.
And that's what's particularly troubling and that is what I think ought to be disqualifying -- for her nomination.
But again a broader picture here is why is President Obama.
Racing to -- getting -- nominees on to this court the DC circuit.
That is under work right now -- doesn't need these nominees at a time only have sequestration huge budget deficits the answer is.
He wants judges to rubber stamp.
His his agenda and I think Americans -- wake -- to that.
Yet another issue that came up and hearing today that court obviously deals a lot of federal regulations and -- -- by some senators raised that.
The president -- trying to you sort of stack the bench on that court to give him even more leeway when it comes to executive powers.
At Ed Whelan thank you very much for some insights into this nominee we'll keep an -- and it.
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