By Brian Oxenhandler
After waiting several months to ask Kenneth Lee, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Ninth US Appeals Court, Senate Democrats The Justice Committee did not spend any time on Wednesday talking to Lee about decades-old writings on race, HIV, and LGBTQ.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Member of the commission's committee, said she was disappointed that Lee, a lawyer in Los Angeles and a former lawyer for the George W. Bush administration, had even received a hearing and hoped that his appointment It is never done. It is a vote.
She cited his failure to submit more than 75 documents as part of his confirmation questionnaire, including college papers on AIDS, political correctness and feminism.
Feinstein interviewed Lee about an article he wrote in 1994. He claimed that "nine in ten people with AIDS are gay or drug users." Lee expressed regret and embarrassment over the article, saying that his views had changed. He found that at 18 "he did not know science" (196590) 04] "I would not write that today," Lee said. "I sincerely regret that … If I look at it now 26 years later, I'm just embarrassed." Lee said he knows someone who lives with HIV, and the idea that this person could read his previous writings He was also embarrassed. He also said his writings were a "misguided attempt" to support the Reagan government's HIV policy.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Asked Lee: "Do you think that discrimination or oppression of LGBTQ people is just a 'Marxist paradigm? "Referring to another article by Lee in 1995. Lee absolutely did not respond," he added. He had done pro bono work for LGBTQ clients and had been recruiting LGBTQ lawyers into his law firm.
Prior to his Senate Senate Senator's hearings, his two Senate colleagues were in the Senate, Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both in the Senate Justice Committee calling on him to withdraw his nomination.
Lee's repeated failure to provide the committee with any response materials It is not a biased issue, "she wrote in a joint statement this week. Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Speaks during a Hearing in Washington on March 6, 2019. Alex Brandon / AP
In a previous statement, the two senators said, it was "hard to believe that Lee's" omissions were unintentional, adding that he had failed to disqualify controversial writings that support extreme views.
Many of Lee's writings were included in the Cornell Review Published as a Student.
In an article published in 1994 titled "Gay Office Opens," Lee denied the opening of an LGBTQ Resource Center on campus and said it was not necessary because the school was already funding LGBTQ groups. He described the decision to open the office as "more political than anything" and said it was "militant" student activists who had been denied a gay dorm
In another article from 1994, he proposed AIDS education posters in front of cafeteria as "propaganda almost as damaging to your health as food", while declaring that "personal responsibility" – rather than hopelessly "our faith to put a vaccine "was needed to solve the HIV epidemic. He also wrote "Homosexuals are." Promiscuitive than heterosexual "and" to avoid AIDS, one has to do without drug use and promiscuity. So easy and yet so hard to understand.
Lee also sparked controversy over race and gender In a 1993 article he said, "Racism cries often stem from isolated incidents or from unreliable studies based on statistical harassment." In the same article, he claimed that "sexist allegations are often nothing more than irrelevant pouting" (1965901) 0] Lena Zwarensteyn, director of the Fair Courts Campaign for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who published an open letter against Lee's nomination, said she was not Confident that Lee could be an impartial lawyer.
"It's really hard. I believe every LGBTQ person who walks through the doors of the courthouse would feel they are being heard fairly," she said. Instead, they would probably feel like they were one of those branding a militant gay activist Coming to his courtroom and demanding justice for equal justice. "
Cariole Severino, Chief Attorney and Director of Conservative Justice Crisis Network, told Politico that" Liberals blur Ken Lee and hope he will only be judged on the basis of immature university publications.
"But as a professional, Ken has earned praise and admiration from across the political spectrum is a brilliant lawyer whose commitment to the civil service shows he is exactly the kind of person who should serve on the ninth circuit" Severino added.
The 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, covers the entire west from states and represents nearly 20 percent of the American population. Trump has repeatedly attacked the 9th Circuit for his decisions against his government, and even referred to Twitter as a "complete and total disaster." Trump also recently predicted that the court would block its national emergency declaration.
Zwarensteyn said that this court was "an amazing fascination for this president, whose many monstrous, xenophobic "Racist Politics They were crushed by the 9th Circuit." She claimed that the president was determined to redesign the 9th Circuit and bring in Republican-controlled Senate extremist lawyers so that "they can reach through the courts, which they do not have
Only three federal court candidates before Trump's presidency were confirmed, with only one local senator, according to Zwarensteyn, saying it was worrying that both home state senators of Lee reject his nomination.
Concerns of Feinstein and Harris, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graha m, RS.C., said last week that he was "not too worried" about Lee's earlier writings.
A vote on Lee's confirmation is not yet scheduled. Four Republican votes would be needed to end his nomination, provided that all Democrats reject him.
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