Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) openly questioned the character of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan last week, accusing the former Harvard Law School dean of being a hypocrite for not speaking out against the university’s acceptance of a $20 million donation from a Middle Eastern country that punishes homosexuality.
Kagan has taken heavy criticism from conservative Republicans over the last six weeks for her decision to outlaw military recruitment on the law school’s campus due to her condemnation of the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, which bans openly gay individuals from serving in the military.
Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned why Kagan would actively campaign against the policy—which she believes to be discriminatory—while not protesting the university’s decision to accept a gift from Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz.
The senator noted that many Saudi Arabian communities continue to follow Sharia law, which designates homosexuality as a crime punishable by flogging or death, according to Fox News.
"She was perfectly willing to obstruct the military, which has liberated countless Muslims from the hate and tyranny of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban, but was willing to sit on the sidelines as Harvard created a center funded by and dedicated to foreign leaders presiding over a legal system that would violate what appear to be her positions," Sessions said of Kagan.