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The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Cit­ing his con­cern about Judge Ka­vanaugh’s ad­her­ence to ju­di­cial prece­dent, Sen. Chuck Schumer has an­nounced he will take the un­prece­dented step of ques­tion­ing Judge Ka­vanaugh about his per­sonal opin­ions on cases that may come be­fore him on the court of ap­peals on which he cur­rently serves and on the Supreme Court to which he has been nom­i­nated (“Chuck Schumer: Brett Ka­vanaugh must di­vulge per­sonal views on abor­tion to win con­fir­ma­tion,” Web, July 9).

Is the right word to de­scribe Mr. Schumer’s in­ten­tions oxy­moronic or hyp­o­crit­i­cal — or both? Al­though he grad­u­ated from Har­vard Law School, Mr. Schumer seems to think a ju­di­cial con­fir­ma­tion is like a con­gres­sional elec­tion. To him the in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary is just an­other branch of Congress.

One hopes Iowa Sen. Chuck Grass­ley, chair­man of the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, will main­tain or­der in the com­mit­tee hear­ings and not al­low com­mit­tee mem­bers to ask ques­tions which would force Judge Ka­vanaugh to breach the code of ju­di­cial ethics in or­der to re­spond.

SEY­MOUR A. KLEIMAN Bal­ti­more

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