Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) challenged Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan last week after she justified her decision to limit military recruiters’ access to Harvard Law School students during her tenure as dean.
Kagan has been heavily criticized over the last month for her decision to ban military recruitment personnel from the law school’s career office due to her condemnation of the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, which bans openly gay individuals from serving in the military.
During their somewhat heated exchange, Kagan told Sessions that military recruiters had access to students "every single day [she] was dean," adding that she "reveres" those that serve in the armed forces.
In response to her denial of creating an anti-military climate on Harvard’s campus, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee openly questioned Kagan’s assessment of the situation.
"I’m just a little taken aback by the tone of your remarks because it is unconnected to reality," he said. "I know you acted without legal authority to reverse Harvard’s policy and deny those military people access to campus until you were threatened by the U.S. government [with] loss of Federal funds."
Sessions added that Kagan took steps as dean to treat former and current members of the military in a "second class way."