Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Judicial Nominations

Today the Judiciary Committee welcomes two more of President Obama’s nominees, and I thank Senator Blumenthal for chairing this important hearing.  Gregory Phillips is nominated to a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Karol Mason is nominated to lead the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice.  This is our fourth nominations hearing this year, and we continue to work to make progress in the consideration of the President’s nominees. 

I expect that at our next hearing, which will be after the recess, we will finally be able to proceed with the nomination of Sri Srinivasan, who is nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  His hearing has been delayed from our first hearing this year to accommodate demands from the other side of the aisle to obtain information from the Department of Justice to assess whether Mr. Srinivasan had any role in the legal issues being discussed between the Department and the City of St. Paul.  Of course, if Senators still have questions or concerns about his actions, they can ask Mr. Srinivasan directly at his hearing.  

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