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Justice Kagan’s Previous Healthcare Work May Hinder Impartial Decision-Making

July 7, 2011 by  

Some are worried that Kagan's previous work could harm her impartiality.On June 30, a group of 49 Republican members of Congress asked the House Judiciary Committee to investigate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s role in the preparation of a legal defense for President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

According to The Washington Times, the group, which includes GOP Presidential candidates and Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), is arguing that Kagan’s time spent working with the Obama Administration should disqualify her from considering any challenges to the law.

The group of lawmakers wrote a letter to Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and the committee’s top Democrat, John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), urging them to consider the recently released Justice Department documents that show that Kagan “actively participated” with the Obama Administration in forming a defense for the healthcare law, according to The Times.

“This Congress and the American people deserve to have confidence in the integrity and impartiality of our Supreme Court and its justices,” the letter said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Republicans have been wary of Kagan since her appointment, and they are watching to see if she lives up to the pledge she made to “consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle.”

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